Former Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain has quit front-bench politics.
The veteran Labour MP for Neath said he had stepped down as shadow Welsh Secretary to focus on making plans for a huge dam over the River Severn a reality. The project would create thousands of jobs around Port Talbot, Mr Hain said.
Labour leader Ed Miliband paid tribute to Mr Hain’s work in Northern Ireland, where he was Secretary of State between 2005 and 2007.
Mr Miliband said: “Peter Hain has made an enormous contribution from the front bench over the past 16 years.
“In Government, his ministerial career was extraordinarily diverse, including time in the Foreign Office, the Northern Ireland Office — where he played a crucial role in the Northern Ireland peace process — and at Work and Pensions.”
In a letter to Mr Miliband, Mr Hain said he intended to stay on as an MP and would fight Neath at the next General Election.