TODAY marks the final day of Ian Lucas serving as Wrexham's MP.

Mr Lucas, who has been in the role for 18 years, announced last month that he would not be standing for reselection at the next election.

Parliament will be dissolved just after midnight tonight, commencing the 25-day general election process.

On his final day, his daughter Ellen Lucas tweeted: "He hates fuss but today is Dad’s last day as an MP after over 18 years of dedication to Wrexham, the Labour Party and public service.

"[Ian Lucas] is quietly formidable. He has achieved so much and helped so many people over the years.

"He is also a wonderful father. I am so proud of him."

In a letter to the Wrexham Labour Party, in which he announced his intention not to stand for reselection, Mr Lucas said: "I owe a great debt to the people of Wrexham who have elected me five times. I joined the Labour Party in Wrexham in 1986 and have now been an activist in the Party for well over 30 years. I have met many of my closest friends through the Party.

"However, being a Member of Parliament is also a hugely demanding responsibility, increasingly so.

"I am 60 next year. I have been an MP since I was 40. I think the time is right for me to choose to follow a different path in the years to come."