From British daily The Morning Star:
Hopeless Hoon heads out of Parliament
Thursday 11 February 2010
Former defence secretary Geoff Hoon is to stand down from Parliament at this year’s election, he has announced.
Mr Hoon has been MP for the Nottinghamshire seat of Ashfield since 1992 and has been embroiled in controversy since Labour was elected in 1997.
In a 2003 interview on the BBC, he asserted that Britain was willing to use nuclear weapons against Iraqi forces “in the right circumstances.”
And in that same year, he continued to claim that two trailers found in Iraq were mobile weapons laboratories. This was in spite of the fact that it had been leaked to the press by Dr David Kelly and other weapons inspectors that they were nothing of the sort.
He also faced anger from some activists after launching a failed coup attempt against Gordon Brown earlier this year with former Cabinet colleague Patricia Hewitt.
A spokeswoman for Mr Hoon’s constituency party said letters were being sent out to members to inform them of his decision to stand down.