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Ex-PM Gordon Brown plans to stand down as MP

By Staff Reporter

Westminster: Former prime minister Gordon Brown is to announce that he is standing down as an MP, according to reports.

Mr Brown (63) will quit at the general election in May, after playing a key role in the Scottish independence referendum campaign, sources have said.

The Labour MP has focused on charity work and his role as UN special envoy for global education since his resignation as prime minister in 2010.

An ally said: "Gordon has confirmed to friends he will stand down at the election in May. He wants to go out on a high after effectively salvaging the campaign to keep the UK together in September. He will focus on his charity work."

Mr Brown was first elected to Parliament in 1983 and was prime minister from 2007 to 2010. His last-minute intervention in the referendum debate was widely credited with helping the pro-Union Better Together campaign to victory.

Mr Brown had been tipped to stand for the Scottish Labour leadership, but he made it clear he had no intention of returning to frontline politics.

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