Labour Party statement on SDLP Partnership vote
“The Labour Party is disappointed by the result of the vote today by SDLP delegates to approve a formal partnership with Fianna Fáil.
“It remains our view that this move represents a precursor to a full merger. We also note that 30% of delegates opposed the leadership motion.
“The consequences of the partnership decision will now be carefully considered by the Labour Party in the coming weeks, and in consultation with our colleagues in the Party of European Socialists.
“The Labour Party remains committed to supporting those who wish to maintain Labour politics and the social democratic tradition in Northern Ireland.”