Glenda Jackson MP to step down

January 24, 2013 4:53 pm

As expected Glenda Jackson will be stepping down as Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn – confirming what she told the local press least year, when she said “If this government stays until 2015, they may not of course, but if they do, I will be almost 80 and by then it will be time for someone else to have a turn”. She will tell her GC meeting tonight that she’ll be vacating the seat in 2015 – which will trigger a selection for the hyper marginal seat (it has a majority of just 42).

Jackson has been a Labour MP for over 20 years, and before entering Parliament she was a double Oscar winning actress (and of course, a popular Morecambe and Wise guest star). As an MP, she served as a junior transport minister and ran unsuccessfully for the Labour nomination for Mayor of London in 2000.

images

  • http://www.robbiescott.com/ Robbie Scott

    I’m really sorry to hear this she’s a fantastic local MP

    • Jeremy_Preece

      I would agree, but at the age of 80, I think that she is more than entitled to put her feet up.

      • http://www.robbiescott.com/ Robbie Scott

        80 ! getaway !

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001102865655 John Ruddy

    A very marginal constituency, which will need a candidate in place very early to build up the local recognition needed to retain the seat.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ric.euteneuer Ric Euteneuer

    Who will Progress be trying to parachute in here, I wonder?

  • PaulHalsall

    Send her to the Lords.

  • NT86

    Sorry to hear about Glenda Jackson standing down too. She has a very respectable voting record in Parliament. No one could accuse her of being a Labour apparatchik. I’ve watched her participate in Commons debates regarding welfare. Highly fluent and engaging speaker on the matter.

    A touch of class indeed!

  • Chilbaldi

    Completely false, and uncalled for.

    It’s Labour HQ parachuting you need to be worried about.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=715486331 Alex Otley

      For a long time they were one and the same thing…

  • Brumanuensis

    I wonder if Hodges will have a go at his mother’s former seat?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=715486331 Alex Otley

      Yeah. But he’ll be standing as the Tory candidate.

Latest

  • News Blair says the West must be prepared to work with Putin and the Egyptian military

    Blair says the West must be prepared to work with Putin and the Egyptian military

    Tony Blair may not have been Prime Minister for nearly seven years now, but his views – particularly on foreign policy – are always newsworthy. This morning he gave a wide-ranging and controversial speech at Bloomberg’s London HQ on the Middle East, urging the West not to pull back from the Middle East as an unsolvable problem, but to engage. Although despite the billing, this was as much a speech about faith as it was about geo-politics. At the roots of Blair’s […]

    Read more →
  • News Labour set up rapid rebuttal unit for election campaign

    Labour set up rapid rebuttal unit for election campaign

    Labour plan to step up their media monitoring process in the run up to the 2015 general election, according to The Independent. A team will be in charge of rebutting negative media to avoid a re-run of the 1992 election, where an onslaught of attacks from the press played their part in a unexpected Conservative victory. Michael Dugher, the MP in charge of Labour’s communications, is this week in the US discussing strategy with new appointment David Axelrod and other political […]

    Read more →
  • Featured UKIP, England and St George

    UKIP, England and St George

    Labour tends to view UKIP like Nelson viewed the signal at the Battle of Copenhagen. He held the telescope to his blind eye and said, ‘I really do not see the signal’.  Our image of  UKIP is a protest vehicle for disaffected, older, right wing Tories in the South. But UKIP represents more significant trends than this caricature suggests. UKIP is a symptom of the deep social and economic changes that have taken place over the last thirty years. Its […]

    Read more →
  • News Why are the Lib Dems so shy?

    Why are the Lib Dems so shy?

    Regular readers will know that we’re always keeping an eye on Lib Dems leaflets. Their local propaganda sheets are always good for a questionable bar chart, or forgetting the name of the generic place their text is for – but they can also be quite shy about their party affiliation too. For example, take the “Islington Chronicle”. Sounds like a local paper, and there’s no Lib Dem logo and barely a splash of their trademark yellow. But it is, in […]

    Read more →
  • News Scotland Seats and Selections Have the Tories given up on Scotland?

    Have the Tories given up on Scotland?

    This morning we noted that the Tories haven’t selected candidates in nearly half of the most marginal Labour and Lib Dem seats. But what’s particularly telling is that in over 60% of target seats in the Midlands and the North they have so far failed to select a candidate, while the Independent claims that in Scotland there are no Tory parliamentary candidates at all. However, Mark Wallace over at ConHome notes that the Tories have in fact selected a total of two […]

    Read more →