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Veteran Labour MP and Jeremy Corbyn critic Margaret Hodge announces she will stand down at the next general election after almost three decades in Parliament
- Dame Margaret Hodge has represented the constituency of Barking since 1994
- The Labour MP has announced she will not be stand at the next election in 2024
- Dame Margaret said it had been a ‘really tough decision’ because ‘I love the job’
Veteran Labour MP Dame Margaret Hodge has announced she will not be standing at the next general election.
The former cabinet minister told her local Labour Party in Barking it was a ‘really tough decision’.
The 77-year-old has represented the constituency since 1994, serving in numerous ministerial roles during the last Labour government.
Dame Margaret also chaired the influential Public Accounts Committee and was a vocal critic of Jeremy Corbyn during Labour’s anti-semitism row.
Veteran Labour MP Dame Margaret Hodge has announced she will not be standing at the next general election
Dame Margaret was an outspoken critic of Jeremy Corbyn when he was the leader of the Labour Party
In a video message, Dame Margaret said: ‘I have decided that I will not stand for re-election as your MP at the next general election.
‘I will be standing down from Parliament, it’s been a really tough decision.
‘I love the job. I wanted to thank you all for the warmth, the friendship, the support and the love that you’ve shown me down the years.’
She added: ‘We’ve done fantastic things together.’
Dame Margaret said her proudest moment was beating then-British National Party leader Nick Griffin in the 2010 election.
‘The biggest, biggest success and the biggest moment in my life was really our campaign to get rid of the BNP and see them off.’
She said she would always remember a speech when she ‘told them to pack their bags and go’, and ‘that is still absolutely stamped on my heart as a massive moment’.
She added Labour was now a very different party to when she became an MP 27 years ago.
In recent years, she has spoken out about anti-semitism in Labour, clashing with former leader Mr Corbyn over the issue and the party’s response to complaints.
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