A UNIONIST-controlled council has been asked why it wants to appoint Police Ombudsman Nuala O'Loan's SDLP
councillor husband to a committee aimed at developing a mainly loyalist area.
Twenty nationalist councillors - including all but one SDLP
representative voted to uphold it.
The Dublin-born politician, whose political career began as director of communications for the SDLP
from 1996 to 1999, was co-opted in 2010 to the party's Assembly team to replace the long-serving Carmel Hanna.
will not be content to settle for things as they are, just because they are better than they used to be.
The Foyle MLA married a former SDLP
press officer on Saturday and added he would be taking ministerial papers with him on his honeymoon to ensure he is up to speed.
Figures, compiled by the Electoral Commission, show, for example, that the UUP and SDLP
spent several thousands more per constituency than the DUP and Sinn Fein.
Social Development spokesman Mark H Durkan said the research by the NI Federation of Housing Associations and the Chartered Institute of Housing - which found the tax would cost PS21million but reduce the bill by PS17million - was a conservative estimate.
However, a war of words has erupted between Sinn Fein and SDLP
over the proposed legislation.
Officially the party has said it is "rigorously" scrut-inising the Government's new proposals for RUC reform - but SDLP
sources said they believed the party was leaning towards acceptance of the new package and entry into the Police Board.
The party's former SDLP
Agriculture Minister thinks the party is not doing enough to bring people together.
chairman Alex Attwood said yesterday it would be "folly'' to deny progress had been made on policing.
Councillor David Bell labelled a statement from the SDLP
outlining their opposition to the DUP motion as a "face-saving exercise".