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.”
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