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.”

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  • 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.

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