Sunderland MP to quit

SUNDERLAND South MP Chris Mullin will stand down at the next General Election, it has been announced.

Mr Mullin has represented the constituency since 1987.

"After careful thought, I have reluctantly concluded that my useful life in parliament is over," he said.

"I will not, therefore, be a candidate at the next election."

The 60-yar-old dad-of-two, who is married and lives in Ashbrooke, has been a Minister in three departments - Environment, Overseas Development and the Foreign Office.

He was also chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee for four years.

Full story in Monday's Sunderland Echo