Michael Dugher becomes 11th Labour MP to quit ahead of June’s snap election

Former shadow culture secretary Michael Dugher, the MP for Barnsley East, is not to stand in June’s general election.

He said he made the decision to stand down after seven years as an MP “with some sadness”, but “wanted to make a difference in life outside of politics” and spend more time with his family.

Mr Dugher, who was elected to serve his constituency in 2010, is the 11th Labour MP to announce he is quitting ahead of the snap election on 8 June.

He said that he wished Labour “nothing but the best for the future” but added: “It must be a party which is in touch with working class people and one that can get into government so we can actually do something to really help people”.

In January 2016, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn sacked Mr Dugher as the Shadow Culture Secretary, and at the time the Barnsley MP said he had “paid the price” for speaking out in defence of colleagues.

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