Alasdair McDonnell says Conall McDevitt 'successor'
6 September 2013 Last updated at 18:40 BST
The SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell has described Conall McDevitt, who quit politics this week, as having been a leader in waiting.
He also denied the pair had been at loggerheads.
He described the former South Belfast MLA as his closest friend and confidante in politics.
Stephen Walker reports.