After much soul-searching, I have decided not to stand in the 2017 General Election. At my age and after eleven years in Parliament, I have decided that it is time to step down and support a new Labour candidate for the city.
As a proud Wulfrunian, it has been a privilege to serve the people of Wolverhampton as a Labour Member of Parliament.
I look forward to campaigning hard for Labour in Wolverhampton.
With heartfelt thanks to so many for their kindness and support over many years,