Speaking about the publication of the Parliamentary Boundaries Review for consultation, South Down MP Margaret Ritchie said   “As a result of legislative change, the Boundary Commission had to reduce the number of constituencies from 18 to 17. As a result of this legislative requirement, there has been some major changes proposed  to the political […]

Ms Ritchie said, “It has been brought to my attention, through representations on behalf of constituents, the crisis in the health system in terms of waiting lists for urgent and routine appointments right across Northern Ireland.   In the South Eastern Trust, waiting times for urgent general surgery are 52 weeks. I understand this is […]

Ritchie: IDS Resignation Exposes Sinn Fein’s Weakness on Welfare   SDLP MP for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, has described former Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation as further vindication of the SDLP’s position on welfare reform and once again exposes the callousness of Sinn Fein’s decision to hand the Assembly’s welfare powers over […]

Ritchie: Kilclief 30mph zone welcome
30 March 2016 | 10:46 am

Ritchie: Kilclief 30mph zone welcome SDLP MP for South Down Margaret Ritchie has welcomed the announcement from TransportNI that they intend to approve the introduction of a 30mph zone on the Bishopscourt Road in Kilclief. She said: I welcome the decision from TransportNI announcing their intention introduce a 30mph zone on the Bishopscourt Road following […]

Happy St Patrick’s day
16 March 2016 | 2:29 pm

  The story of St Patrick is one of peace and bringing the community together. Patrick is a unifying figure and his message is one of reconciliation.   On the 17th of March, we celebrate the anniversary of a powerful and compelling story of bringing Christianity to Ireland and allowing it to blossom in a […]

Tribute to the late former Councillor and founding member and stalwart of the SDLP –  James Magee  – Margaret Ritchie MP   The death took place last week in Newry of former Drumaness SDLP Councillor, James Magee.   Jim as he was affectionately known by colleagues was pre-deceased by his wife, Anne a few years […]

MP welcomes work to clear drains in Hilltown area   Member of Parliament for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, has welcomed confirmation from Transport NI with respect to works undertaken in Hilltown following flooding incidents.   Ms Ritchie said, “Following the heavy and unprecedented rainfall in the early part of this year, a number of roads […]

Ritchie pursues Drumaroad flooding
16 March 2016 | 2:07 pm

Ritchie pursues Drumaroad flooding   SDLP MP for South Down Margaret Ritchie has welcomed a commitment by NI Water to address flooding in the Chapel Lane area of Drumaroad.   “Following representations to NI Water and TransportNI I have been advised that work is due to begin shortly in order to address the significant flooding […]

MP pursues 02 coverage for Drumaness
16 March 2016 | 12:57 pm

MP pursues 02 coverage for Drumaness   SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie has called on 02 to take steps to improve its coverage in the Drumaness area.   Ms Ritchie stated, “I have raised this issue with 02 and have now been advised that its networks team will be undertaking a full investigation of the affected […]

Margaret Ritchie MP ‘gets behind the daffodil’ for Marie Curie this March SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie and actress and presenter Linda Robson have joined forces to ‘get behind the daffodil’ this March and help Marie Curie Nurses provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness.   Ms Ritchie and Ms Robson were […]