Andrew MacKinlay To Stand Down

Hat tip to Iain Dale. Was surprised, but not shocked. Very few people have any real idea of what being an MP is like and just how exhausting the job can be if you are totally committed to it. Having briefly met him a couple of times, I can say that Andrew is one of the good guys. With regards to his role in the David Kelly affair, no one could have foreseen what would happen next and my understanding is that MacKinlay has stated his regret over his role in that infamous Committee hearing.
He is also right to be concerned about the increasing divide between Parliament and the electorate. It was for that reason that I partly joined the Labour Party in 2002, wanting to be involved in ways that could see this gap bridged. I am sorry to say that it seems to be a lot wider than I initially thought! :-(

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