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Tuesday, September 21, 1999 Published at 22:08 GMT 23:08 UK

UK: Wales

Ron Davies to quit Westminster

Former Welsh Secretary Ron Davies to stand down as MP

Former Welsh Secretary Ron Davies is to stand down from Parliament at the next General Election.

BBC Wales's Political Correspondent Rhun ap Iorwerth: "This gives him more time to regain the support of people locally"
The former Secretary of State for Wales made the announcement on Tuesday to Labour party members at his Caerphilly constituency.

Mr Davies stood down as Welsh Secretary following his "moment of madness" on Clapham Common in south London in October last year.

The news follows an announcement in July by Mr Davies - dubbed the 'architect of Welsh devolution' - that he was resigning his post as chairman of the Assembly's economic development committee.

[ image: Caerphilly constituency members have assured their support]
Caerphilly constituency members have assured their support
He stood down shortly after admitting he was bisexual and was undergoing treatment for a compulsive disorder.

Last month, Mr Davies confirmed that he and his wife are beginning divorce proceedings.

In July, Mr Davies was promised the support of his local constituency if he did decide to resign from the Welsh Assembly or as a Westminster MP.

He had told members that he would stand down from one of the roles because he cannot manage both.

"I said that I wanted to continue to serve the party, the constituency and the cause of devolution either at Westminster or as a member of the National Assembly," he said at the time.

"I want to discuss now with colleagues over the next 12 months or so which is the best way forward for my political future."

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