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Hugh Bayley to stand down after 23 years as York's MP


York Central's Labour MP, Hugh Bayley, has announced that he will be standing down at the next General Election, 23 years after he was first elected in the city.

In a statement on his website, he says;

Today I announced my decision to stand down at the General Election in 2015, when I will be 63.

During 22 years in Parliament I have always put York first, speaking up for the city in the House of Commons.  It has been a tremendous privilege to represent York in Parliament for 22 years, which is much longer than I expected when I was first elected in 1992.

Last week I completed my 2 year term as President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. There is never a good time to stand down.  I didn’t want to announce my departure while doing the NATO job because I was pushing NATO to publish its accounts and audit reports, which they have now agreed, but they might have avoided the decision if they’d thought I was about to go.  But it is now agreed and I think it is time to pass the baton to someone else.

My family have been tremendously supportive, and very tolerant about me working long hours, often seven days a week, but now I want to put them first.

It’s too early to start thanking all the many people who have supported me over the years.  I haven’t gone yet, and I will still give the job everything I’ve got over the next six months.  I’ve lots of unfinished business that I still want to do.

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