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[04 SEP 00] NATIONAL GOVERNMENT NEWS
Mo Mowlam To Leave Parliament

Coventry Kid Mo Mowlam is to stand down as an MP, it has been announced today.

The former head girl at Coundon Court School has been in the news after allegations that machinery in the Labour Party was trying to push her out of the front line.

She was shadow Ulster spokesman from 1994 until the general election in 1997, when she took on the role of Northern Ireland secretary until 1999 when Peter Mandelson took over.

She has been outspoken in her support for the end of the monarchy in the UK, suggesting the Royals should leave Buckingham Palace and later suggesting Britain should become a republic.

Dr Mowlam has been MP for Redcar in the North East since 1987. She is likely to stay on in the Cabinet until the next general election, set to be held next year.

She is writing her autobiography which could lift the lid on her time in the Cabinet.

Her mother Tina lived in Coventry until her death in the last year.

Outlining her reasons for standing down, Dr Mowlam said today:

"This is a personal decision for me. It is one that I have been considering for some time, and have previously discussed with the Prime Minister.

"I have decided not to stand because I have several years of my working life left and want to do something different before I finally retire.

"I have been looking at a number of different options to continue to pursue my many interests, including in international affairs, conflict resolution and poverty.

"My commitment to the Government and the Labour Party is as strong as ever. Between now and the General Election I will continue to fight for the election of a Labour government.

"I have worked for the Labour Party all my life and I'm very proud to be part of all that this Government stands for and has achieved for the people of this country."

"This is a personal decision for me. It is one that I have been considering for some time, and have previously discussed with the Prime Minister.

"I have decided not to stand because I have several years of my working life left and want to do something different before I finally retire.

"I have been looking at a number of different options to continue to pursue my many interests, including in international affairs, conflict resolution and poverty.

"My commitment to the Government and the Labour Party is as strong as ever. Between now and the General Election I will continue to fight for the election of a Labour government.

"I have worked for the Labour Party all my life and I'm very proud to be part of all that this Government stands for and has achieved for the people of this country."
    
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