Following the announcement that Belfast would get a City Deal in the Budget, SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood and Foyle MLA wrote to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland inviting him to the North West to see first hand the need to deliver a City Deal for Derry. SDLP Councillor Martin Reilly was able to secure support for the SDLP initiative in the Council Chamber on Thursday afternoon when Council backed his proposal to invite the Secretary of State. Cllr Reily said: “We in the SDLP are outraged that the British Chancellor failed to commit to a Derry City Deal. "The SDLP was the first party to push for the idea of City Deals here. When we first brought the idea to the fore, we recognised to address years of underinvestment and being left behind by the Sinn Fein and DUP joint led Government, Derry needed a City Deal. The news that we are being sidelined will not be tolerated. "That is why today in council I brought the SDLP Party Leader's letter to the council chamber that invited the Secretary of State to Derry, to see first hand the plight of years of economic inequality Derry has suffered. Today the SDLP won the support of others as we told them to unite with us to say Derry deserves better. “I look forward to the Secretary of State's response and hopefully like the DUP and Sinn Fein, the British Government will change it's mind and move with urgency to commit to a City Deal for the Derry And Strabane District Council area so our communities can at last look to a future of economic equality and hope."