Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has confirmed he will stand down from parliament at the General Election next year.
The Labour MP, who served as Prime Minister from 2007 to 2010, made the announcement earlier today, ending years of speculation over his political future. After standing down as Prime Minister following his defeat in the 2010 General Election, Brown has kept a low profile and rarely spoken in the House of Commons.
More recently, however, he came back to national prominence after the joining the campaign against Scottish independence, delivering impassioned speeches that some believe saved the Union and defeated the ‘Yes’ campaign.
His local party in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath will now have to select a new candidate with just months left until the next election, amid a surge in popularity for the Scottish National Party.