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South Ribble MP to stand down at next election
South Ribble’s MP has announced she will stand down at the next general election.
Lorraine Fullbrook told party members of her decision at a meeting Leyland Conservative Club on Friday and later posted a message on her website saying she was pursuing “fresh challenges”.
Citing personal reasons, Lorraine informed the association that she had written to the Prime Minister advising him of her decision.
She said: “I intend to both serve out my term as a loyal and dedicated member of your Parliamentary team, and as a committed constituency member.
“By May 2015, I will have given 12 years of my life to winning and serving this seat “That is long enough in this job, and now, I will be looking to conquer fresh challenges.
“I will remain, carrying out my duties to my constituents, full time and fully committed as the Conservative Member of Parliament for South Ribble until my successor is elected in May 2015.
“It is a huge honour and a privilege to serve the people of South Ribble and sit on the green benches.
“This has not been an easy decision but the right one for me.
“I want to re-assure my constituents that this announcement will not in any way compromise the way in which I carry out my duties.”
At the last General Election she gained the seat from Labour with a majority of 5,554.
The Tories will now go through a selection process for a new candidate.
In July, Labour announced that Veronica Bennett, a 24-year-old Sefton councillor had been appointed as their prospective candidate.
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