Cambridge MP David Howarth to stand down

The party has just issued the following press release …

Liberal Democrat MP David Howarth today announced that he would be standing down from Parliament at the next election to concentrate on his career as an academic.

David Howarth said:

“After nearly 22 years of elected public office, the time has come for me to concentrate on my other life, as an academic. It has been a privilege to serve the people of Cambridge over that time, both in local government and in Parliament.

“I would like to thank the very large number of people who have helped me in politics over the past two decades, and especially those who have worked for me during my time in the Commons.

“I will continue enthusiastically to support the Liberal Democrats and Nick Clegg and I wish the party all success in the future. I also look forward to continuing to play a role in the party’s policy making process.”

Commenting, Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg said:

“David will be sorely missed. His colleagues here in Westminster – across all parties – recognise him as a politician of huge integrity and intellectual ability. The Liberal Democrats have benefited greatly from the powerful lead in Parliament he gave on a number of touchstone liberal issues such as climate change and the right to protest.

“As the leader of Cambridge City Council and a key member of our Federal Policy Committee before being elected an MP David has a long history of helping to shape the party’s policy making.

“I wish him every success in his career in academia. Academia’s gain is very much politics’ loss.”

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13 Comments

  • Richard Huzzey 5th Nov '09 - 6:44pm

    A massive loss to the parliamentary party.

  • Seth Thevoz 5th Nov '09 - 9:56pm

    Parliament will be so much poorer without his vast intellect, his uncompromising liberalism, or his extraordinary integrity.

    During the 2005 election, a friend said that if David got elected, they thought he’d actually turn out to be one of our best MPs. And so he has been.

  • Sal Brinton 6th Nov '09 - 7:04pm

    I am very sorry to hear that David will not be re-standing. He has been a stalwart defender of liberty and freedom, and not afraid to take on the establishment over the creeping erosion of our civil liberties. He will be missed.

  • Steve Comer 7th Nov '09 - 5:27pm

    Very sad tpo hear we’ll be losing David after such a short time as an MP.
    I wonder if he found that being an MP gave him less real influence over peopl’s’ lives that he had leading the Council in Cambridge?

  • Roger Roberts 7th Nov '09 - 6:03pm

    David, Many thanks for your splendid time as M.P. for Cambridge. Really sad that you are standing down.

  • Simon Radford 7th Nov '09 - 8:32pm

    It was a pleasure to do my (very small) bit for David’s election in my role as Chair of CSLD, and I am pleased to say that I have never campaigned for someone who I felt surer would elevate our parliamentary discourse. I am very sorry to see him step down, but Cambridge’s law faculty will be the richer for it.

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