Joe Benton to step down as Labour MP for Bootle
Labour's MP for Bootle, Joe Benton, has said he will step down at the next general election, in 2015.
He had wanted to continue but had been under pressure after a rebellion among constituency members disappointed by his low national profile, BBC North West political editor Arif Ansari said.
Mr Benton was first elected in 1990.
He said: "Following amicable discussions with the Labour Party at regional and parliamentary levels, I have decided to retire."
Mr Benton added: "I want to take this opportunity to express my deep gratitude to the people of Bootle for their tremendous support over the 45 years at both local and national level I have had the great privilege and honour to represent them.
"I assure them I will continue to do so to the best of my ability for the remainder of this Parliament.
"I place on the record also my appreciation to the Labour Party for affording me the great honour of being part of the Labour team in its historic purpose in fighting for social justice."
A Bootle Constituency Labour Party representative said: "We'd like to thank Joe for all his hard work and dedication over the years. He has been a fantastic MP for the people of Bootle."