MP rubbishes retirement claims

Batley and Spen MP Mike Wood has rubbished claims he is to retire.

Following rumours he is to announce his retirement at the next Labour annual meeting, a spokesman for his office said: “Mike has no plans to announce his retirement.

“Nor will he be distracted from the important work he does for the people of Batley and Spen by mischievous rumour and idle chatter.”