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Martin McGuinness resigns as MP

McGuinness said his move follows his party’s plans to phase out double-jobbing.

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MARTIN MCGUINNESS HAS formally resigned as MP for Mid-Ulster.

He said the move was “in line” with his party’s commitment to “end double jobbing”.

In a statement issued by Sinn Féin, the deputy First Minister added, “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 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 first elected as MP for the Mid-Ulster Constituency in 1997, defeating a single unionist candidate.

His resignation will result in a by-election in the New Year.

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