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Aldershot MP Sir Gerald Howarth not standing for re-election

Aldershot MP Sir Gerald Howarth not standing for re-election

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 1:59pm 20th April 2017. (Updated at 2:06pm 20th April 2017)

Sir Gerald Howarth has announced he is not seeking re-election.

He made the announcement "with great sadness" saying he has "seen momentous change" in the country in his time as an MP.

The Prime Minister announced a snap general election will be held on June 8 on Tuesday (April 18).

Sir Gerald added that he has "every confidence" in May going forward.

His statement reads: "It is with some sadness that last night I informed the Chairman and Officers of the Aldershot and North Hampshire Conservative Association that I shall not be seeking re-election at the forthcoming General Election.

"It has been a huge privilege to have represented, as their Member of Parliament, the people of Aldershot for the past 20 years, and the people of Cannock and Burntwood for 9 years before that.

"Over the past 34 years, I have witnessed momentous changes in our country.

"I was privileged to have served under Margaret Thatcher, to whom I was briefly Parliamentary Private Secretary, as she transformed Britain’s economic fortunes and restored our place in the world.

"I was also honoured to serve as a defence minister in David Cameron’s coalition government from 2010-2012 and to have played a part in the recovery of Britain’s national sovereignty as we leave the European Union.

"I have every confidence in the outstanding leadership of Prime Minister Theresa May and have assured her of my fullest support from beyond the Palace of Westminster."

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