Martin McGuinness resigns as Mid-Ulster MP
Monday 31 December 2012
Martin McGuinness has resigned as Mid-Ulster MP.
He said this was in line with Sinn Fein's commitment to end double jobbing and planned to concentrate on his job as Stormont MLA and deputy First Minister.
Francie Molloy will run for the seat in his place.
Mr McGuinness said: "I am resigning as MP but I have no intention of leaving Mid-Ulster. South Derry and East Tyrone have suffered immensely as a result of the conflict.
"I will always be grateful to the people of this area for trusting me to represent them and their interests.
"I will of course continue to represent the Mid-Ulster constituency in the Assembly. I am honoured to do so both as an MLA and as deputy First Minister in equal partnership with Peter Robinson."
He was elected MP for Mid-Ulster in 1997.
Tourist films plane's descent just metres above packed Caribbean beach
Bali nine: Welcome to 'Execution Island' – the Indonesian holiday resort where foreigners are sent to die
How Homer Simpson discovered the Higgs boson over a decade before scientists
The 'sex selfie stick' lets you FaceTime the inside of a vagina
Harrison Ford plane crash: Star Wars actor 'seriously injured' after light aircraft crash lands
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Nigel Farage promises Ukip will not 'stigmatise' would-be migrants – and says he wants 'everyone to speak the same language'
Ex-head of MI6: 'We shouldn't kid ourselves that Russia is on a path to democracy'
Most people think legal tax avoidance is just as wrong as illegal tax evasion, poll suggests
£17000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This digital production agency ...
£23600 - £27500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Employability within this compa...
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Web Designer is required to j...
£30000 - £100000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This organisation based in Pea...