SDLP leader Margaret Ritchie is to be challenged for the leadership of the party.

Deputy leader Patsy McGlone is to stand for the leadership at the SDLP annual conference in November.

Mr McGlone is an MLA based in Cookstown, Co Tyrone.

Ms Ritchie took over the leadership of the party at the beginning of last year when she defeated Alastair McDonnell for the top job.

She is the first SDLP leader is face a challenge since the party was founded over 40 years ago, and the leadership contest follows a poor performance in the Stormont Assembly elections earlier this year when the SDLP lost seats.