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Hain plans to stand down as Labour MP

By Ben Kendall

Former Northern Ireland Secretary of State Peter Hain has announced that he will stand down as a Labour MP at the general election.

The former Cabinet minister said he had "decided to draw stumps" on his Commons career following a series of discussions with Ed Miliband.

Mr Miliband praised the Neath MP for his integrity, wisdom and tireless work for the country and said that he would be sorely missed.

During his lengthy career, he served in the cabinet under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, as well as his stint in Northern Ireland.

Mr Hain had been reselected to fight the 2015 election for Neath but said he would now find "new ways" to be involved in politics.

"However, after considerable thought and in discussion with Ed Miliband, leader of the party and for many years my close colleague, I have decided to draw stumps on my House of Commons career," he added.

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