Dickson says McDonnell is offering nothing new

Alliance Chief Whip Stewart Dickson MLA has stated that despite being leader of the SDLP for one year, Alasdair McDonnell has offered nothing new for Northern Ireland or his party. Stewart did say that at least the lighting did not ruin his speech unlike last year. His comments were made after the SDLP annual conference was held today in Armagh.

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.”


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