Watford MP Richard Harrington has announced he will not be standing at the next General Election this afternoon.
Mr Harrington MP has served the town since 2010 and has achieved a number of significant things during that time.
He stressed he will continue to devote himself until the town until the next election is held.
He released the following statement.
Having had the privilege of serving as MP for Watford for almost ten years, I have decided to retire from frontline politics.
It had always been my intention to step down at the next General Election, due under the Fixed Term Parliament Act in 2022.
However, with the current increasing uncertainty about an earlier election, I believe it right for me to make clear my intentions now.
Therefore I have told my constituency chairman that I will not be offering myself for selection as the Conservative Party candidate for the next General Election, whenever that may be.
Until then, I shall continue to devote myself to serving all my constituents – as I have done since they first elected me in 2010.
In that General Election we Conservatives took what was then a closely contested three way marginal seat from Labour.
I am proud that we subsequently held the seat in the General Elections of 2015 and 2017 and I give my sincere thanks to voters for the confidence they have shown in me.
Being MP for Watford has allowed me to meet so many people from visiting schools, businesses, charities and other organisations and groups.
I have learned a great deal from them.
I will continue to offer my support for such community groups in the future, and will do my best to help my successor, in whatever way I can.
A letter to the local residents of Watford pic.twitter.com/TWnW5VEPDU
— Richard Harrington (@Richard4Watford) August 29, 2019