Paul Keetch MP to stand down at General Election

Paul KeetchHereford’s MP Paul Keetch is telling his local party members at their AGM tonight that he intends to stand down as an MP at the next election. He was elected in 1997 and is currently serving his third term as MP.

Paul stated that he took the decision to announce his retirement tonight as some members had asked to begin the process of re-selecting him this evening. He has also said he told Ming Campbell, while he was still deputy leader, of his intentions 12 months ago.

Keetch’s seat will be a prime target for ambitious PPCs – with a majority of just 962, Hereford is winnable next time, but needs a lot of attention. Paul Keetch has pledged to work closely with his successor.

His local party have not announced when they will commence the selection process.

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  • I think it’s a pity Paul is standing down as I think he has been an effective MP. As he is only 46 it is obviously not retirement as such. Has he given a reason? Perhaps like Richard Allan he has got fed up with Parliament and wants to do something more interesting.

  • Or perhaps his various shags have finally caught up with him? Or perhaps he’s got half a brain and knows he’s going to lose?

  • Rob Fenwick 17th Nov '06 - 4:45pm

    It wasn’t intended to be a dig – which is why I didn’t write something like “his local party have not YET announced…”.

    His release was issued under embargo – I observed the embargo. As the press release didn’t mention a selection timetable I added the sentence as I felt sure someone would ask 🙂

  • You can now watch the video via http://www.colin-ross.org.uk/news/956.html

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