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DUP's Gregory Campbell standing down from Stormont

By David Young

Published 04/03/2016

DUP veteran: Gregory Campbell
DUP veteran: Gregory Campbell

The last MP still 'double jobbing' as an Assembly member is to finally stand down from Stormont at the next election.

Veteran DUP politician Gregory Campbell will stay on in his role as MP for East Londonderry after the Assembly poll in May.

Mr Campbell has little choice - holding elected office in Westminster and Stormont will be banned from May, as a result of proposals originally put forward in 2012.

The former Stormont minister has been MP for East Londonderry since 2001, when he won the seat from William Ross of the Ulster Unionist Party.

Mr Campbell (63) said: "Choosing the right moment to move was always difficult, but given my approach to building for the future while not letting others rewrite the past I have decided that this is the best time.

"I intend to remain at Westminster as to remain 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 they could not break.

"I have maintained that principle throughout and intend to continue in the same vein."

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