Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, Martin McGuinness, has confirmed that he has formally resigned as MP for Mid-Ulster.

Mr McGuinness will remain a Member of the Legislative Assembly.

He said his resignation is in line with Sinn Féin’s commitment to end double-jobbing.

In a statement Mr McGuinness said: "I am resigning as MP but I have no intention of leaving Mid-Ulster. South Derry and East Tyrone have suffered immensely as a result of the conflict.

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