An SDLP Councillor has announced she is quitting the party as a result of its stance on abortion.
Stephanie Quigley will remain on Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council as an independent councillor after she announced her resignation from the party on social media.
"As we journey through life there are always 'crossroads' moments and today I have made a really difficult but important decision to be an Independent Councillor," she said.
"I have had the privilege to work alongside great people and make some lifetime friends in the SDLP and I'll always be grateful for that."
Stephanie's father, Gerry McLaughlin, was an elected councillor for over two decades and she said his philosophy had also shaped her decision.
"The philosophy which my father espoused was based on non-violence and the right to life," she said.
“I followed in his footsteps and held the right to life and the life of the unborn child as the cornerstone of my political philosophy.
"I have made friends for life within the party and wish them all the best for the future. I must however place the rights of those without a voice ahead of populism.”
An SDLP spokesperson said they had accepted the resignation of Cllr Quigley, who has been a councillor for seven years.
They said: "The SDLP has accepted the resignation of Stephanie Quigley. We wish her well for the future."
If you have a story or want to send a photo or video to us please contact the Derry Now editorial team on 028 7129 6600 for Derry City stories Or 028 7774 3970 for County Derry stories. Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com at any time.
Subscribe or register today to discover more from Derrynow.com
Buy the e-paper of the Derry News and the County Derry Post here for instant access to Derry's premier news titles.
Keep up with the latest news from Derry with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.