Midlothian MP David Hamilton to stand down

David Hamilton MP

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Marking the end of an era for Midlothian, Labour Party stalwart David Hamilton has called time on his career as a Member of Parliament.

Speaking exclusively to the Advertiser, the former mineworker, Midlothian councillor and private secretary to Ed Miliband explained why he feels the May 7 general election is the right time to stand down.

He said: “The [independence] referendum was a long campaign and it was physically tiring. We then had an eight-week build up to the Midlothian East by-election. It was at that point I realised I was beginning to struggle.

“A lot of people who I’ve known over the years have passed [away] and that takes its toll, as does travelling down to London and back every week.”

Read interview in full, only in this week’s Advertiser. Out now.