Sir George Young – MP for North West Hampshire – has announced that he will be retiring as of May 2015 so will not be contesting the next General Election.
Speaking at the Executive Council of the North West Hampshire Conservative Association at the Guildhall in Andover last night (Friday 29th November 2013), Sir George said: “Earlier this year, the Chairman asked me whether it was my intention to stand again and we agreed that I would give an answer at this evening’s Executive Council.”
“I have decided to retire from the House of Commons at the end of this Parliament. I have had a good innings and it is time to let others have the chance that I had back in 1974. I know there are some top quality candidates waiting in the wings to take over the baton.”
“I will have done 41 years as an MP by May 2015, and I have done 17 of them as a Minister. I admire those who are older than I am and who want to continue, but I propose to declare at 41 not out.”
Sir George retained his seat in 2010 with an increase of 7% to 58% and with over 31,000 votes. He is married to Aurelia Nemon and they have four children.