DUDLEY South MP Chris Kelly has today announced he will stand down after one term in Parliament.

Mr Kelly will not contest next year's general election and a new Prospective Parliamentary Candidate will be selected and announced by the Conservative Party in the coming months.

The outgoing MP said: "I would like to thank all those who have supported me since I was selected for Dudley South in September 2007.

"I would especially like to thank all those who voted for me at the general election in May 2010 and all of the friends and supporters who helped me for that election, as well as those who have supported my efforts since."

"I am proud to have served the good people of Dudley South for the past five years."