Midlothian MP David Hamilton to stand down

David Hamilton MP
David Hamilton MP

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.