DUP's Gregory Campbell to stand down as MLA ahead of double-jobbing ban
The DUP's Gregory Campbell is to stand down from the Northern Ireland Assembly.
The MLA, who is the last of Stormont's double-jobbing politicians, has decided to continue at Westminster rather than contest the forthcoming Assembly elections in May.
The law banning people from holding dual mandates is due to to come into force after May's assembly election.
The East Londonderry MP said in statement: "It is with deep regret I am standing down from the Northern Ireland Assembly. I have been elected to various formats at Stormont since 1982 and have enjoyed my time immensely representing people there for 34 years.
"As most people will know, legislation was changed several years ago which meant that dual mandates had to end by the conclusion of the current Assembly mandate, which is this month.
"I intend to remain at Westminster as to have remained at Stormont would have meant the administrative costs of a by-election for the Westminster seat.
"I entered politics in the 1970s determined even at local Council level that those bent on destroying Unionism would find yet another opponent that they could not break. Whatever venue or stage that has presented itself since those humble days, I have maintained that principle throughout and intend to continue in the same vein."