- Apr 30, 2010
SDLP rejects party mergers
One interesting comment -The SDLP remains committed to a united Ireland but will not merge with fellow nationalist parties to achieve it, Margaret Ritchie made clear today.
In her first speech to party conference as leader, the South Down MP nailed any suggestion of a political alliance on either side of the border.
Aside from wondering what unique brand values are - I remember the Libs in Britain saying much the same thing in the past.any merger with a major southern party would effectively mean the end of the SDLP and I believe with that, crucially, the disappearance of the unique brand values we bring to Irish politics. So we have ruled it out for now.