Alan MilburnDarlington MP Alan Milburn has announced his intention to step down from parliament at the next General Election. Mr Milburn has represented the constituency since 1992.

Alan Milburn MP said;

“This morning I told the monthly meeting of Darlington Labour Party that I would be standing down as Member of Parliament at the next general election.” 

“It has been my privilege to have served as Darlington’s MP since 1992.  In those 17 years I have been proud to work alongside countless local people and organisations in trying to make life better for the people of the town.  I would like to thank them – and in particular local Labour Party members – for all their help and support.  I could not have asked for more.  Without the support of people in Darlington I would not have had the chance to serve in a Labour government.  I will always be grateful for that. “

“I decided to make this announcement now, before the summer, so that Darlington Labour Party has ample time to choose a new candidate for the next election.  It is not a decision I have taken lightly.  It is one I have been considering for a long time.  I left frontline ministerial politics, and have not wished to return, because I wanted to have a different way of life.  I have never regretted doing so.  Standing down as an MP, in my early 50s, gives me the opportunity to have the right balance between my work life and my family life with time to pursue other interests outside of politics. “

“In the meantime I will continue to work hard for the local community and for a Labour victory at the next election. “

A spokesperson for Labour North said;

“Local members would like to thank Alan for his years of service to Darlington, to the Country and to the Labour Party. The party will move to select a new candidate as soon as possible to work with local Labour Councillors in delivering real improvements to the town.”