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Shadow Northern Ireland minister Stephen Pound to step down

Stephen Pound, who became an MP in 1997.
Stephen Pound, who became an MP in 1997.

by Eimear McGovern

It has been announced that the shadow Northern Ireland minister Stephen Pound will be stepping down at the next election.

The 71-year-old Labour MP for Ealing North first became an MP in 1997.

"The legend that is Stephen Pound MP will be standing down at the next election," said Ealing Labour, posting on Twitter.

"Ealing Labour would like to thank him for the tremendous service given to our community, and many within the community will miss him greatly. Sending you the warmest wishes for the future Steve."

Mr Pound previously questioned the idea cameras could solve the problems of a 302-mile Border with 282 separate crossing points.

He described it as "a life and death issue" to the people of Ireland.

Mr Pound, whose mother was from Cork, said "I am not Irish, but I am not English either, and I think that gives me a perspective and a bit more sensitivity than some of my colleagues."

He criticised the Conservative Party for viewing the subject of the border as an extension of unionist politics.

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