Dr Alasdair McDonnell
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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.