Huw Irranca-Davies.

Huw Irranca-Davies.

This is a smart move – a politician with huge public support stepping down from his Westminster seat to seek election to the Welsh Assembly.

Ogmore will go to Labour in the by-election triggered by Huw Irranca-Davies’s resignation – he had a majority of 13,000 last May.

And his personal popularity should secure the Assembly seat in an election that some are saying is on a tightrope.

Labour Ogmore MP Huw Irranca-Davies has officially stepped down from the House of Commons, to stand to represent the constituency in the Welsh Assembly.

Mr Irranca-Davies, a former minister, was appointed to the Manor of Northstead, the traditional process by which MPs are able to quit their seats.

A by-election is expected to be held on 5 May, the same day as the assembly election.

Labour’s majority in Ogmore was over 13,000 at the 2015 general election.

Mr Irranca-Davies entered Parliament in a by-election in 2002, following the death of Sir Ray Powell, and revealed he intended to stand down in October.

He served as a minister in the Wales Office and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs between 2007 and 2010 and was also a member of Ed Miliband’s shadow team from 2010-15.

Source: Labour MP quits Commons to run for seat in Cardiff Bay – BBC News

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