Tory chairman Michael Ancram to retire

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Former Tory chairman Michael Ancram is to stand down at the next General Election for health reasons, his constituency office said today.

Party grandee Mr Ancram, who is the Marquess of Lothian, was caught up in the expenses scandal and repaid almost £100 he claimed to have his swimming pool boiler serviced.

The 64-year-old has been MP for the safe Tory seat of Devizes, Wiltshire, since 1992 and held it with a majority of 13,194 in 2005.

In a letter to the chairman of his constituency party, he said he had been taking medication for a heart problem for the last six years.