CLWYD South MP Martyn Jones will quit politics next year – to become a lager brewer.
The Labour MP, one of Westminster’s most recognisable figures thanks to his trademark bow ties, will devote his time to trying to revive the defunct Wrexham Lager brand.
After two decades in Parliament, which included seeing off Boris Johnson at the polls in 1997 and – as a former microbiologist – identifying the cause of mad cow disease, he will embark on a serious attempt to bring back one of the country’s oldest lagers.
The 63-year-old bought the name for just £1 when the company was taken over in the 1990s and is now in talks about going into production.
Mr Jones will stand down when Gordon Brown calls the next General Election.
But he insisted his decision to retire was not linked to the ailing fortunes of the Labour Party.
He said: “There is a big world out there and there are other things I want to do.
“It is entirely down to my personal plans. I want to spend time with my grandchildren and I am finding the travelling difficult. It needs someone younger and with the energy to do it.
“I also still own the brand for Wrexham Lager and there is somebody serious interested in working on it. I think it has got legs, it would be great to get Wrexham Lager started again.”
The father-of-two was elected in 1987 to Clwyd South West, which later became Clwyd South, during the death throes of Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative Government. During the height of the miners’ strike he pelted Thatcher’s car with tomatoes.
Mr Jones added: “Of course my work will carry on up until the next General Election and anyone with a local problem should still contact my office.”