Mandelson will fight for seat again

Resigned Cabinet minister Peter Mandelson today pledged to work for his constituency.

The former Northern Ireland Secretary told the Hartlepool Mail that he intended to turn his attention to his constituents in Hartlepool.

In an exclusive interview with Mail editor Harry Blackwood, the Labour MP said: "I'm going to concentrate on being a good constituency MP. I intend to fight for Hartlepool and its people."

Mr Mandelson was last night back at his official residence at Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland where he was reportedly seeing to more practical matters of moving home following his resignation.

The MP said in the interview: "I've got a house full of junk to sort out."

In a resignation statement yesterday the former minister attacked the media and said in the interview: "I've had enough of being shafted by the Press."

He indicated that his new-found free time will not be a burden. "I've just had enough. Not the job. Just all of the other stuff that goes with it."

Mr Mandelson is expected to return to his constituency in Hartlepool by the end of the week where it is anticipated he will meet party officials in the town.

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