Labour stalwart Mudie to step down

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LEEDS political stalwart George Mudie is set to bring the curtain down on his long and distinguished career of public service.

Mr Mudie, Labour MP for Leeds East since 1992, has announced he will not be standing at the next general election. The 68-year-old former leader of Leeds City Council said: “At the next election I will be 70. If I went in, it would be a five-year term and I would finish at 75. With all respect to my constituents, I think they need a younger person with more energy.”

Mr Mudie was first elected as a Labour councillor for Seacroft in 1971 before serving as leader of the council between 1980 and 1990.

He added: “It’s been an honour to represent the people of east Leeds, both as a councillor and as an MP.”