After a long career in politics as a councillor, MEP, MP and government whip, Sir Tony Cunningham said "the time just feels right to go."
Workington MP Sir Tony Cunningham has decided to stand down at the next election after thirteen years in parliament.
ITV Border has been following the progress of a west Cumbrian school teacher who has vowed to lose weight to inspire his pupils.
Four people have been arrested on suspicion of firearms offences after reports of shots being fired in Whitehaven.
Armed police were called to Harras Moor last night.
A member of the public also reported people in a white Volvo acting suspiciously.
After a career as a councillor, mayor, MEP and MP - the knight, Sir Tony Cunningham has decided to retire from Westminster at the next election.
The Workington MP said he wanted to spend more time with his family, particularly his young son.
Our Political Correspondent Paul Brand caught up with him in his constituency as he announced his decision.
- Sir Tony was born in Workington in 1952 and has spent most of his life there, working as a teacher before going into politics.
- His political career began locally, serving as Mayor of Workington and Leader of Allerdale Council in the 1990s.
- In 1994 he was elected to the European Parliament where he developed an interest in international development.
- In 1995 he published the Cunningham Report, which was the first report to call for the complete and outright ban of landmines.
- Before becoming an MP in 2001, he briefly worked as Chief Executive of the human rights organisation Indict, looking at authoritarian regimes such as Saddam Hussein's rule in Iraq.
- In his spare time Sir Tony is an avid sports fan, playing rugby and football and running regularly. While living in Zanzibar he even played first division soccer.
At the next election, Sir Tony Cunningham will be 62.
After a long career in politics as a councillor, MEP, MP and government whip, he ITV Border "the time just feels right to go."
There will be many in Labour eyeing it up as the party now searches for a new candidate.
The Workington MP Sir Tony Cunningham has decided to stand down at the next election after thirteen years in parliament.
Sir Tony told ITV Border on Thursday that he wanted to spend more time with his family.
The latest cost of decommissioning at Sellafield is due to be released today.
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority will present the figures to Parliament.
There has already been severe criticism of previous over-spends, which have put up the costs to 70 billion pounds.
Armed police were called after a man threatened to harm another man in Workington.
Police stopped a Vaxhall Astra in the Northside area of the town at 9.21pm last night.
No firearms were found.
A 35 year old man from Workington was arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill.He's in custody helping police with their enquiries.
A £240million Sludge Packaging Plant has been built in West Cumbria.
The plant has been built at the Sellafield nuclear site and will handle historic radioactive waste.
Radioactive sludge in a 60 year old pond will be pumped to the new plant later this year.
The 1950s pond is open to the elements with no roof and so sludge has been accumulating at the bottom of the pond just like in any garden pond.
The sludge however is radioactive and lies up to one metre deep in places at the bottom of the 7 metre deep pond and therefore getting the sludge out is a difficult job.