McGuinness formally resigns as MP

Published Sunday, 30 December 2012
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Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has formally resigned as Mid-Ulster MP.

McGuinness formally resigns as MP
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (© UTV)

Sinn Féin confirmed on Sunday night that Mr McGuinness had served formal notice of his resignation with immediate effect.

It comes as part of the party's plans to phase out double-jobbing.

The deputy First Minister said: "I have served formal notice of my resignation from the position of MP for Mid-Ulster with immediate effect.

"This is in line with my party's commitment to end double jobbing."

Mr McGuinness was first elected as MP for Mid-Ulster in 1997.

His resignation will result in a by-election next year.

He continued: "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 can assure them and everyone else that my party, our five Ministers, our MPs, our 29 MLAs , our MEP and our huge number of Councillors will continue the journey we have embarked upon.

"As the political landscape in the north continues to change, as it surely will, we remain committed to the goals of Irish republicanism and to serving the interests of all sections of society. I firmly believe that we can make further progress."

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Nick Kent in Belfast wrote (752 days ago):
All this rubbish about 'another valuable seat lost' and 'not representing the people'. NI MP's at Wesminister are 18 in a total of 650. MP's in Britain couldn't give two fiddlers about the NI electoral constituency and those 18 NI MP's are impotent when it comes to making decisions, it's an optical illusion. SF get elected on an abstentionist ticket, if you don't like it bad luck, that's democracy. If you really want to see abstentionism look at the attendance and voting stats of those NI MP's who do take their seats.
Frosty in Here wrote (753 days ago):
"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." Never mind the conflict Marty, where are all the jobs? Sinn Fein is notorious for not representing their constituencies. They only get voted in because their political wing, the IRA, terrorise their own areas into submission.
John in Co.Armagh wrote (754 days ago):
Considering he only represented the people of mid-ulster as a member of parliment in name only he will not be missed, never once fought for the people people of mid-ulster in the place that matters in Westminister, maybe now witha by election they will actualy get someone who will apeak for them properly instead of the old abstenionist kind. oh he got paid alright for doing nothing did not see him refuse any money with the queen's head on it talk about a hypocrite he and all those others who do not take there seats should have all there monnies withdrawn.
realistic in planet earth wrote (755 days ago):
so, who else is still double jobbing, and who else has stopped this practice? i'm not pro one side or the other, it would just be good to have all the relevant info..... maybe utv don't want a proper discussion on this farcical situation and won't print this?
ZZ in Belfast wrote (755 days ago):
No real loss.. their party should not have been allowed to enter the elections for this in the first place as they do not take their seats and claim expenses!! The sooner David Cameron puts a stop to this the better!! and they have the nerve to complain about welfare reform etc, when they know damn well it's only from westminister these decisions can be debated - their a joke!! worst thing is, he will prob be replaced by another SF member another valuable seat lost - i'm a unionist, but i would much rather see the SDLP taking this seat than SF any day, atleast they will take their seat and give Northern Ireland another active MP in Westminister..
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