Gordon Brown set to stand down as an MP

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Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown is set to announce that he will not stand again as an MP.

The Labour MP has represented the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath / Dunfermline East constituency since 1983, was Chancellor from 1997 until 2007, and was Prime Minister from 2007 until 2010.

Multiple sources are reporting that he will announce in the coming days that he will not stand for Parliament next year, after over three decades in office.

The former PM has a mixed record on equalities issues, missing all votes on gay issues except the Sexual Orientations Regulations while Chancellor, and not attending the vote for Civil Partnerships.

However, he later spoke out frequently for equality – and became the first sitting Prime Minister to take part in a Q&A with PinkNews in 2007.

Mr Brown raised eyebrows again last year when he missed the Commons vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill due to a UN trip – though he had spoken out in favour of the legislation.

Sky News is reporting this evening that he will announce his resignation next week – and a source told the Sunday Mirror: “Gordon has confirmed to friends that he will stand down at the election in May.

“He wants to go out on a high after effectively salvaging the campaign to keep the UK together in September. He will focus on his charity work.”

Mr Brown said while same-sex marriage was being discussed: “I understand the strong feelings in the current debate but I take the view that it is now timely to agree to end another source of discrimination by legalising the right to marriage and I will support the legislation in the UK Parliament and when it comes to the Scottish Parliament.”

Despite the SNP threat to many Scottish Labour politicians, Mr Brown was expected to retain his seat if he ran for re-election in May.