Bob Ainsworth MP to stand down at the next election

December 7, 2012 3:55 pm

Former Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth has announced that he’ll be stepping down as MP for Coventry North East at the next election. Ainsworth has been the MP for the seat since 1992. He told the Coventry Telegraph:

“It has been an enormous privilege to represent a seat in Coventry, the city where I was born and raised, and I want to thank my constituents and the very many people who have supported me over time.

“We are now past the half way point in this Parliament and I believe it is time to let my local party know my decision to allow them to look for a new candidate.

“I wish them well and promise to help whoever they choose in any way that I can. 

“I will continue to work for my constituents and represent them to the best of my ability for the remainder of this Parliament.

“I am particularly proud to have represented our armed forces in Government and to have produced the “Service Personnel Command Paper” that raised the level of compensation for those injured on operations.

“I am also proud of the many equipment improvements we introduced, including Vallon mine detection, increasing the number of armoured vehicles and introducing the Warthog protected patrol vehicle.”

Read More http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/2012/12/07/bob-ainsworth-to-stand-down-as-coventry-mp-at-next-election-92746-32383594/2/#ixzz2ENhDif00

Read More http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/2012/12/07/bob-ainsworth-to-stand-down-as-coventry-mp-at-next-election-92746-32383594/#ixzz2ENh5CLbj

  • franwhi

    Was he the one who was doorstepped by Joannna Lumly over the Ghurkas ? LOL

  • Daniel Speight

    Bye-bye Bob. How about bringing it forward a bit? A spring by-election would be fine. I wonder if his replacement will have a working class background also?

  • Daniel Speight

    Bye-bye Bob. How about bringing it forward a bit? A spring by-election would be fine. I wonder if his replacement will have a working class background also?

  • Serbitar

    More good news.

  • Serbitar

    More good news.

  • NT86

    That’s one former Labour cabinet member I’d be glad to see the back of.

  • NT86

    That’s one former Labour cabinet member I’d be glad to see the back of.

  • not bon

    Euan Blair to replace?

  • Chilbaldi

    Euan Blair has of course been in and around Coventry for the last few months…

  • Chilbaldi

    Euan Blair has of course been in and around Coventry for the last few months…

  • Brumanuensis

    Always had a soft spot for Bob. He was a good MP, from what I’ve heard and although I don’t agree with him about Afghanistan, he was an underrated Secretary of State for Defence in my view.

  • uglyfatbloke

    Will he be replaced by someone with a working class background – don’t hold your breath. Or another person brave enough to be truthful about cannabis? Probably not.

Latest

  • Comment 11 ways CLPs should invest in their online presence before the election

    11 ways CLPs should invest in their online presence before the election

    With an election nine months in the future and with the Conservative’s enjoying a fiscal advantage over us in terms of election funds, it’s imperative that we make use  of the resources available. For MP’s and Constituency Labour Parties (CLPs) in marginal areas, one of the most cost effective and efficient investments that can be made is developing an appealing web presence and a dynamic and interactive relationship with the electorate via the various social media streams. At the moment, […]

    Read more →
  • News David Jamieson elected as Labour win West Midlands PCC by-election

    David Jamieson elected as Labour win West Midlands PCC by-election

    Labour’s David Jamieson has been elected as the new Police and Crime Commissioner of the West Midlands, following yesterday’s by-election. Jamieson received 50.8% of first preferences across the seven councils voting, meaning that second preferences did not have to be taken into account. The full result is: Labour – 102,561 (50.8%) Conservatives – 54,091 (26.8%) UKIP – 32,187 (15.9%) Lib Dems – 13,056 (6.5%) Due to the lack of independent candidates Labour, the Tories and UKIP all saw their share of […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Scotland We shouldn’t be forced to choose whether we’re Scottish or British – we can be both

    We shouldn’t be forced to choose whether we’re Scottish or British – we can be both

    Less than a month to go until Scotland’s referendum and I’m now sixty meetings into my 100 open air street meetings across Scotland. I marked the halfway point in Glasgow city centre’s Buchanan Street. Hundreds of people joined in. The City Council Leader Gordon Matheson and I enjoyed the good old fashioned politics in the Glasgow drizzle. Fast forward a couple of days and after campaign stops in Bathgate and Linlithgow with Michael Connarty MP, I was off to Edinburgh […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Labour must be the party for the socially excluded

    Labour must be the party for the socially excluded

    This week David Cameron announced an extension of the Troubled Families programme. Since then, the right wing press have come out hard against our country’s poor, marginalised, and socially excluded, repeatedly using the dangerous term ‘underclass’ to describe them. The announcement led to the following headlines: “Rise of new underclass” (The Sunday Times, £), “Underclass ‘costing the country £30bn a year’” (The Times £), and “Revealed, the staggering scale of Britain’s underclass” (Daily Mail). Labour must offer an alternative narrative […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Young people are political, we need to show them politics is worth their time

    Young people are political, we need to show them politics is worth their time

    Energetic. Ambitious. Optimistic. Passionate. Working with young people for nearly a decade taught me they’re the most likely of all age groups to challenge, ask hard question and tell it as it is. But young people are also the least likely of all age groups to vote. Why?Maybe it’s because they get a bad deal from politicians. Since the Coalition came to power young people have been squeezed hard. If you’re under 35 you’re more likely to be out of […]

    Read more →