In his final speech in the House of Commons, Neath MP Peter Hain said politics is "not a career but a mission".
The veteran Labour MP and two-time Welsh Secretary is standing down after 24 years. Hain also used his valedictory address to quote his father, who he described as the "best in the world" and Nelson Mandela.
"What counts in life is not merely the fact that we have lived, it is what difference we have made to the lives of others."
He said he was proud of the achievements of the last Labour government - particularly bringing peace to Northern Ireland and devolution to Wales.
"It is not about a career, it is a mission. We should never be in it for ourselves but for our values. For me these are equality, social justice, equal opportunities, liberty and democracy in a society based on mutual care and mutual support, not the selfishness and greed now so sadly disfiguring Britain. Progressive change only comes through the combination of extra-parliamentary and parliamentary action."
Police are appealing for information to help find a 13-year-old girl.
Indie Helen Buckley went missing on the afternoon of Sunday, December 14.
It's thought, since going to Port Talbot to see a friend, she may have gone to Cardiff. She also has associates in Swansea.
She was last seen wearing black leggings, white Nike trainers and a green hooded Parka coat. Indie has long dark hair and is around 5ft 7ins in height.
We are concerned for Indie’s well-being and we appeal for her to get in touch to confirm she is safe and well. Extensive enquiries are currently ongoing in order to trace her.
Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101 quoting reference number 1400465589.
Christmas was nearly cancelled for one grandmother from Neath when her landlords threatened to take down the decorations above her porch.
They said the Santas and snowmen breached health and safety rules - but have now allowed her to keep them up until the New Year.
Sharon Antell says "it's health and safety gone mad."
Tom Sheldrick reports:
South Wales Police says it has located a relative of a man who died in a house fire in Neath earlier this month.
Police had appealed to locate a next of kin for Mr Owen, but say a relation has now been found in the Newport area.
Police are appealing for information to help find the family of a man who died in a house fire in Neath.
Mr Owen's death is being investigated by HM Coroner, but so far his next of kin have not been found.
South Wales Police is appealing for anyone who knew Mr Owen or knows his relations to contact the Coroners Office on 01792 637792.
A motorcyclist who died following a road traffic collision in Neath at the weekend has been named as 25-year-old local man Stuart Allen Hammett.
Mr Hammett, from the Melyn area of Neath, was riding a Yamaha scooter when it was involved in a collision with a grey Ford C-Max at Hillside, Neath.
Mr Hammett suffered serious injuries and was later pronounced dead.
In a statement his family said:
"Stuart will be sorely missed by his parents Roy and Susan and his brothers Mark and Lee and his sister Carly and her partner Morgan and all his friends.
"Stuart had a great love for playing football from a young age, playing for many local teams.
"Stuart enjoyed socialising with family and friends. He was hard worker alongside his brother.
"He had a wonderful outlook on life in a positive way and is remembered for saying 'my family and my friends mean more to me than life".
The police are appealing for witnesses and have asked anyone with information to call 101.
South Wales Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist was killed after a collision with a car at Hillside in Neath.
The crash involved a Grey Ford C-Max and a White Yamaha scooter.
It happened just after 9pm on Sunday.
The rider of the motorcycle suffered serious injuries and was later pronounced dead.
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact 101.
Police in Neath are investigating an unprovoked assault which happened near the tennis courts on Dyfed Road at 3am on Wednesday 18th June.
A 73 year old man was assaulted and sustained facial and arm injuries which required hospital treatment.
Local policing Inspector Huw Griffiths said, “This was a very distressing incident for the victim. I am appealing for anyone who may have seen two men acting suspiciously in the area to contact us. I also want to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident."
Anyone who may have witnessed this assault or who saw anything suspicious in the area at the time in question is asked to contact Neath police station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
The long standing MP for Neath Peter Hain has announced he will stand down from his position at the next general election.
The 64-year-old will look for a new role within the Labour party following talks with leader Ed Miliband.
Hain though remained tight lipped on the prospect on becoming a member of the House of Lords.
Tom Sheldrick reports:
Peter Hain has told ITV News he will "play a different role" in politics after he steps down as MP for Neath next year, but refused to say what that role would be.
The 64-year-old former Welsh Secretary said he had made his decision to leave the House of Commons after discussion with Labour leader Ed Miliband.
Mr Hain said he will "continue to be active in politics", supporting Labour and Neath.
Asked whether he would become a member of the House of Lords, he said: "I'm not talking about any particular role I might perform."
Mr Hain told our reporter Tom Sheldrick that his early work in fighting apartheid, delivering extra powers for the Welsh Assembly and helping secure a political settlement as Northern Ireland Secretary were "the things I feel most proud about".