I see the SDLP are considering pulling out of the election race in West Tyrone in order to avoid a hammering, sorry I mean in order to try to unseat current MP Pat Doherty. They are considering supporting Independent (and certainly not Nationalist) candidate Kieran Deeney. This is typical of the current SDLP who seem to feel that their raison d'etre is to attack Sinn Féin at all costs. Mr. Durkan wants Mr. Deeney to expand the issues which he deals with, yet this would break the 2003 election pledge of Mr. Deeney who promised only to speak on health issues. I realise that there is considerable dissapointment in Tyrone with regards to the hospital situation, however difficult decisions had to made. The real fault here lies with those who have underfunded the health service, if money was spent properly there could be enough for adequete services in Fermanagh and Tyrone.
With regards to the election itself, even if the SDLP aren't brave enough to throw their hat into the ring, Sinn Féin polled 16111 votes to Dr. Deeney's 6158. I'm extermly confident that Pat Doherty will be returned as MP for West Tyrone.