Dissident supporter wins seat as SDLP eclipsed in spiritual home

Independent election candidate Gary Donnelly at the Templemore Sports Complex in Londonderry

Independent election candidate Gary Donnelly at the Templemore Sports Complex in Londonderry

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The fight for seats on the new council for Derry and Strabane will be remembered for three events.

Firstly, and most startlingly, this poll saw for the first time the eclipsing of the SDLP in what many refer to as its spiritual home.

When the newly amalgamated body sits for the first time next April, Sinn Fein will be the numerically superior political force – something that many would never have predicted and something that will have the upper and established echelons of the SDLP in Londonderry reeling in disbelief.

 

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