McGuinness to resign from Westminster

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Martin McGuinness is to resign as MP for Mid-Ulster.

The move, announced this morning, comes as part of Sinn Féin’s pledge to end double jobbing.

The party’s President Gerry Adams says all the four other Sinn Féin MPs would resign their seats in the north’s Assembly.

“Over the past number of years Sinn Féin have been addressing the issue of elected representatives who hold multiple mandates. Our party policy has been to phase out this practice entirely. We have recently completed the this with MLAs who also held positions at local council level and are now moving on to address the issue of MPs who also sit in the Assembly in a decisive way.

“Martin will resign as MP for Mid-Ulster to concentrate on his work in the Assembly and as deputy First Minister. This will obviously necessitate a by-election for Westminster,” he says.

More in tomorrow’s Derry Journal.