Colum Eastwood

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Colum Eastwood
Eastwood in 2014
Leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party
Assumed office
14 November 2015
Preceded by Alasdair McDonnell
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Foyle
Assumed office
Preceded by Pól Callaghan
Personal details
Born (1983-04-30) 30 April 1983 (age 32)
Derry, Northern Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party SDLP
Spouse(s) Rachael
Children Rosa
Alma mater University of Liverpool
Religion Roman Catholicism

Colum Eastwood (born 30 April 1983) is an Irish nationalist politician who has been Leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) since 2015. He was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2011.[1]

Political career[edit]

Eastwood was elected to Derry City Council in 2005, and elected for a one-year term as Mayor of Derry in June 2010. Aged 27, he was the youngest mayor of the city to date.[2]

Following his election to the Northern Ireland Assembly in May 2011, Eastwood was appointed SDLP representative on the committee of the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister. He currently sits on the Northern Ireland Assembly committees on Standards and Privileges, and the Environment. He is currently the youngest SDLP member of the Northern Ireland Assembly.[3]

On 14 November 2015, Eastwood contested the leadership election held at the SDLP's annual conference. He beat the incumbent, Alasdair McDonnell, by 172 votes to 133 votes.[3]


When "a serving British soldier...'desecrated' the memory of those who died on Bloody Sunday by posting an “offensive” slogan on the internet," Colum Eastwood claimed the soldier should be removed from the army without delay[4]


Political offices
Preceded by
Paul Fleming
Mayor of Derry
2010 to 2011
Succeeded by
Maurice Devenney
Preceded by
Alasdair McDonnell
Leader of the SDLP
2015 to present
Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
Pól Callaghan
MLA for Foyle
2011 to present