James Forsyth James Forsyth

What Milburn’s departure means

Alan Milburn’s decision to step down at the next election is a sign of what will happen with the tightening up of the rules on MP’s outside interests; talented backbenchers who are attracted to business and see their party facing a spell in the wilderness will leave Parliament. Milburn says he is quitting so that he has “time to pursue challenges other than politics”.

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