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SDLP 'will not block SPADs bill'

28 May 2013 Last updated at 18:52 BST

The SDLP will not block a new law aimed at preventing some ex-prisoners holding posts as Stormont special advisers (SPADs), the party has confirmed.

SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell made the announcement at a news conference on Tuesday, when he confirmed they would not support a petition of concern.

It follows a plea by Ann Travers, the sister of an IRA murder victim.

BBC NI Political Correspondent Martina Purdy reports.