Cardiff West MP Kevin Brennan announces decision to stand down ahead of election

Labour MP Kevin Brennan
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Cardiff West MP Kevin Brennan has announced he will stand down ahead of the general election. In a personal statement posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, Mr Brennan said "a seed of doubt" as to whether to continue was "sown" after surgery for prostate cancer.

Sharing the news on Monday evening, he said: "I’m announcing my decision to stand down as Cardiff West MP after 23 years - thank you to local Labour members and constituents for your friendship and support." In the statement he explained how he intended to stand for his seventh term, but decided not to due to the intensity of the role.

He said it is "the right moment" for him to stand down. For the latest analysis of the biggest stories, sign up to the Wales Matters newsletter here

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The statement read: "It has been the privilege of my life to represent the Cardiff West constituency as its Labour MP for the past 23 years. Following the sudden announcement on Wednesday, it was still my intention to stand again for a seventh term, but after discussing it with my family over the bank holiday weekend I have concluded that this is the right election for me to step down.

"The job of a Member of Parliament is immensely rewarding but highly demanding for the individual and their loved ones. I have always enjoyed its intensity and challenge, but after surgery for prostate cancer a small seed of doubt was sown as to whether I should continue in such a full-on role.

"Standing again would mean making a commitment to perform the demanding duties of an MP close to my 70th birthday. This has led me to conclude that this is the right moment to stand down."

Mr Brennan underwent prostate cancer surgery in 2022. Mr Brennan said he had had a PSA test, a blood test which is used to help detect prostate cancer. The test measures the level of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in the blood.

Speaking at the time he said: "I am a fit and healthy man who had zero symptoms before diagnosis - over 50s ask your GP for a PSA test and get a scan if indicated as I did - early diagnosis means you can monitor changes and intervene only if necessary."

Mr Brennan entered the Commons in 2001 and previously served as a Labour minister, as well as on the shadow front bench. He is a member of the Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee.