Stewart Dickson MLA said: “The SDLP have been in steady decline since 1998, which is why so many of their party want to hark back to the late 1990s.
“When he became leader, McDonnell said that he would deliver a resurgence in his party’s support, but if anything they are in a worse than they were last year. He is not offering anything new for his party of Northern Ireland. This vague, generalistic and basic speech is the best example to the electorate that the SDLP will not offer the change that the public demands.
“About the only good thing that I can say about his speech is that at least the lighting didn’t ruin it unlike last year.”