The Conservative party has said it supports Sir Malcolm Rifkind's decision to stand down as an MP.
Sir Rifkind, 68, also announced earlier today he would be resigning as chairman of the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee
The news comes amid fresh pressure over cash for access allegations.
Sir Malcolm has had a long career of distinguished service both to the Conservative Party and the country. We respect and support his decision to stand down.
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Sir Malcolm Rifkind is to quit as an MP at the general election amid fresh pressure over cash for access allegations.