Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney has called on the SDLP to state clearly where they stand on the issue of a border poll following the recent historic referendum in Scotland.
“The SDLP need to state clearly as a party whether they are in favour of a border poll or not.
“On one hand Colum Eastwood in the Belfast Telegraph and Derry Journal says now is the right time for the debate given the recent Scottish poll while on the other hand Alasdair McDonnell said at the British Labour party conference this week that it would be a distraction?
“People will clearly be asking the question where do the SDLP stand on this question. Given the historic nature of the Scottish independence vote now is the time to begin the debate in earnest.
“Sinn Féin has called for a border poll in the lifetime of the next assembly. We do not want a rushed job but a meaningful and informed debate. The SDLP should join with us in this campaign.”