TENSIONS RISE WITHIN SDLP: HUME ESCORTED FROM COUNT CENTRE
The tensions within SDLP appear to be growing after another apparent fall-out within the party.
Following the major rift within the SDLP in Derry which saw Jimmy Carr lose his seat after losing the support the party, there now appears to be acrimony within the party in Strabane.
Jim Hume, the brother of former SDLP leader John Hume and father-in-law Patrick Leonard, the SDLP candidate in the Sperrin District Electoral Area, was this morning escorted by the count centre at Templemore Sports Complex.
It is understood he was asked to leave following an argument with sitting SDLP councillor Patsy Kelly.
The Derry Daily understands the argument was over how Cllr Kelly managed his electoral campaign in the DEA.
Eligible Electorate: 17214
Votes polled: 10263
Total valid voteL 10080
First preference votes:
Bresland, Allan (DUP) 1179
Carlin, Karina (Sinn Fein) 1169
Gallagher, Paul (Independent) 978
Hamilton, Rhonda (DUP) 965
Jamieson, William (UUP) 588
Kelly, Dan (Sinn Fein) 1015
Kelly, Patsy (SDLP) 816
Leonard, Patrick (SDLP) 559
McMahon, Brian (Sinn Fein) 966
McMenamin, Eugene Anthony (Independent) 690
Stewart, Liam (SDLP) 185
Ward, Diarmuid (Sinn Fein) 970