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Weaver Vale MP Mike Hall steps down for health reasons

Mike Hall MP
Mr Hall said he was stepping down for health reasons

A Cheshire Labour MP has revealed plans to step down at the general election for health reasons.

Weaver Vale MP Mike Hall said he faced the prospect of surgery and wanted to ensure he stood the best chance of making a full recovery.

Mr Hall, who was first elected in the area as Warrington South MP in 1992, said it had been an "enormous honour" to represent his constituents.

The constituency covers an area from Runcorn down to Northwich.

Established in 1997, Weaver Vale also encompasses villages such as Frodsham, Helsby and Daresbury.

'Vigour and commitment'

"It has been an enormous honour and privilege to serve as a member of Parliament since winning Warrington South for Labour in 1992 and for Weaver Vale since 1997," said Mr Hall.

"I have taken great pride in the work I have done for my constituents and I know this has been greatly appreciated. We have achieved a great deal together.

"I had very much hoped that I would once again carry the flag for Labour and win Weaver Vale at the coming general election, leading from the front with vigour and total commitment.

"However, I now face the prospect of having further surgery in three months' time, not knowing if I am going to be able to play an effective role from now until polling day.

"My wife Lesley and I want to thank the people of Weaver Vale for the wonderful support we have been given."

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