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Eastwood: The Good Friday Agreement must be Defended

SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood MLA will address the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee today to defend the Good Friday Agreement and the principles of power sharing.
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Eastwood: Both Governments Must Use The Good Friday Agreement To Protect Both Traditions

Speaking after the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley made a statement to the House of Commons on the political impasse, SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood said that the SDLP would not accept a return to “British Direct Rule which is effectively unionist majority rule by the back door."
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Mallon: Poverty in Northern Ireland must be tackled

SDLP Social Justice Spokesperson Nichola Mallon MLA has said that poverty in Northern Ireland remains far too high and must be tackled by a functioning Executive.
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Mallon: Secures Confirmation No PIP Claimants Will Lose Out From Review

At a meeting with the Department for Communities, SDLP Social Justice Spokesperson Nichola Mallon secured the "cast iron commitment" that no one will lose out from new PIP review.
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McCrossan: Brain drain threatening North's Economy

SDLP Economy Spokesperson Daniel McCrossan MLA has said that statistics published by the Department for the Economy demonstrate a concerning brain drain of the North’s best and brightest young people. The figures published this week show that over a third of students from Northern Ireland chose to leave for university. Information from the Department’s Destination of Leavers statistics last year demonstrated that over two thirds of those who leave will not come back.
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