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MP to step down in 2015

October 1, 2013 11:06 AM

Andrew Stunell, Hazel Grove MP since 1997, has announced he will not be contesting the next General Election in 2015.

Commenting, Andrew said -

"My decision wasn't an easy one, but the hard fact is that I shall be 72 in 2015, and 77 at the end of the next Parliament in 2020. I know just how hard every Liberal Democrat MP has to work to get our message across and to make sure local people's cares and concerns are taken up."

"I'll be working flat out for the rest of this Parliament, and then aiming to hand over the baton to my Liberal Democrat successor to run the next lap of the race."

Over the last two months the local Liberal Democrats have conducted a short-listing of candidates, with a ballot of all members concluded at a hustings meeting last Sunday.

"I am delighted to announce that our local party members have selected Lisa Smart as our Parliamentary candidate for 2015."

Lisa Smart said -

"I am absolutely thrilled to have been selected to succeed Sir Andrew Stunell as the Liberal Democrat candidate at the next General Election. I look forward to working hard for our area and standing up for the issues that matter most to local people."