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A political career shelved

Brian Taylor | 14:38 UK time, Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Mr Jim Devine is said to be considering his future - what remains of it following the verdict from the grandly titled Labour Party NEC endorsements panel.

Big name, simple outcome. Mr Devine will not be welcome to represent the party at the next general election.

It is, in truth, an ignoble ending to a relatively brief parliamentary career, culminating in accusations over his expenses, including a claim for 66 metres of office shelving.

He was only returned as an MP in September 2005 at a by-election following the death of Robin Cook.

The option of resigning immediately and forcing a by-election remains open to Mr Devine - who protests his innocence.

Or he could carry on until the general version is called by, at the latest, next year.

Either way, it would appear his political career will prove notably short-lived.

Shelved, in short.


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