West Tyrone will have a new MP on June 8 after Sinn Féin’s Pat Doherty announced his decision to stand down on Wednesday evening.
Mr Doherty, who has held the West Tyrone parliamentary seat for 16 years, confirmed his decision to the party ahead of a selection meeting in the Mellon Country Hotel where Barry McElduff was confirmed as the Donegal man’s successor.
Speaking on Wednesday night, Pat Doherty (71) said while his decision not to enter the Westminster race signals the end of his career in electoral politics, he intends to remain active within the party.
“Electoral politics is only one part of politics,” he said. “I’m not leaving Sinn Féin and I’m not leaving my role as a full-time Sinn Féin activist.”