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.