Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has confirmed that he has resigned from his role as MP for Mid-Ulster. McGuinness said the move was “in line with [his] party’s commitment to end double jobbing.”

While he is resigning as MP, McGuinness will continue his role as a Member of the Legislative Assembly.

McGuinness added that he has “no intention of leaving Mid-Ulster.”

“I will always be grateful to the people of this area for trusting me to represent them and their interests,” he said.

“I will of course continue to represent the Mid-Ulster Constituency in the Assembly. I am honoured to do so both as an MLA and as deputy First Minister in equal partnership with Peter Robinson.

“I can assure them and everyone else that my party, our five Ministers, our MPs, our 29 MLAs, our MEP and our huge number of councillors will continue the journey we have embarked upon.

“As the political landscape in the North continues to change, as it surely will, we remain committed to the goals of Irish republicanism and to serving the interests of all sections of society.

“I firmly believe that we can make further progress. This will require positive leadership from all parties. Sinn Féin remains firmly committed to playing a constructive role in the period ahead.”

Northern Ireland's deputy first minister Martin McGuinnessREUTERS/David Moir