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Labour MP stands down at election

Michael Wills
Michael Wills has been Labour MP for Swindon North since 1997

A Swindon Labour MP is to stand down at the next general election.

In a statement, Michael Wills, 57, who has been MP for Swindon North since 1997, said it was not an easy decision.

He said: "On Saturday, I told the North Swindon Constituency Labour Party that I will not seek re-election at the next General Election.

"It has been a privilege to serve as a Member of Parliament, and it has been a particular privilege to represent North Swindon since 1997."

He added: "I am grateful to all my constituents who have given me the opportunity to work for them.

'Public service'

"This has not been an easy decision for me. Serving as a Labour member of Parliament is one of the most fulfilling things I have done in my life.

"However, I have always believed that politics is not a career but an act of public service. "

The Cambridge graduate had a majority of 2,571 over his Conservative opponent, Justin Tomlinson, at the last General Election.

Mr Wills became Minister for Small Firms at the Department of Trade and Industry in 1999, Minister for Learning and Technology at the then Department for Education and Employment in 2000 and Minister at the Lord Chancellor's Department and the Home Office in 2002.

He was appointed Minister of State for Constitutional Renewal at the Ministry of Justice in July 2007. He is married with five children.



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