Former cabinet minister Alan Milburn is to stand down as the MP for Darlington at the next election.
He told his CLP: “I left frontline ministerial politics, and have not wished to return, because I wanted to have a different way of life. I have never regretted doing so. At the next election I will be in my early 50s. Standing down as an MP will give me the chance to balance my work and my family life with the time to pursue challenges other than politics.”
Milburn had spent most of this year heading up Gordon Brown’s social mobility initiative.