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Hartlebury MP to stand down at general election
9:21am Wednesday 5th September 2012 in News
HARTLEBURY’S MP is to stand down at the next general election.
Conservative Peter Luff, who represents Mid Worcestershire, announced his decision today.
By the estimated time of the next general election he will have been in Parliament for 23 years, first being elected as Worcester’s MP, succeeding the late Peter Walker.
Thanking his constituents, he cited the introduction of a 50mph speed limit along a stretch of the the A449 Kidderminster to Worcester road as among his proudest memories.
Mr Luff said: “It has also been a privilege to work alongside two of the very best councils in the country - Wychavon District Council and Worcestershire County Council . In the two and half years that remain to me as a Member of Parliament, we have more to achieve together and more battles to win.
“My work as defence equipment minister since the least election has been immensely rewarding and encouraging. To work with the finest our country has to offer, the men and women of our armed forces, has been inspirational. The civil servants of the MoD, so often and wrongly derided, that make their work possible have also been superb. To all of them, I express my deep appreciation.”
He added: “It is fashionable to deride politicians and the political process but I believe there is no nobler cause than the representation of the people in democratically elected institutions - at parish or town, district, county, national and European level.”
He went on: “The Coalition Government is grappling with huge challenges, the scale of which is only just becoming clear. David Cameron and his ministers will enjoy my robust support as they address them with the determination and energy I know they will demonstrate.”