MPs Standing Down

The following MPs have indicated their intention to stand down from Parliament at the next election.
Last updated 28th December 2014

Conservatives

Aldridge-Brownhills - Sir Richard Shepherd
Banbury - Sir Tony Baldry
Bexhill & Battle - Greg Barker
Boston & Skegness - Mark Simmonds
Braintree - Brooks Newmark
Bury St Edmunds - David Ruffley
Cannock Chase - Aiden Burley
Cardiff North - Jonathan Evans
Charnwood - Stephen Dorrell
Croydon South - Sir Richard Ottaway
Dudley South - Chris Kelly
Erewash - Jessica Lee
Havant - David Willetts
Hertsmere - James Clappison
Hove - Mike Weatherley
Louth & Horncastle - Sir Peter Tapsell
Mid Worcestershire - Sir Peter Luff
North Dorset - Robert Walter
North East Hampshire - James Arbuthnot
North Warwickshire - Dan Byles
North West Hampshire - Sir George Young
Northampton South - Brian Binley
Richmond (Yorks) - William Hague
South Cambridgeshire - Andrew Lansley
South East Cambridgeshire - Sir Jim Paice
South Leicestershire - Andrew Robathan
South Ribble - Lorraine Fullbrook
South Suffolk - Tim Yeo
South Thanet - Laura Sandys
Tonbridge & Malling - Sir John Stanley
Uxbridge & Ruislip South - Sir John Randall
Wealden - Charles Hendry

Labour

Aberavon - Hywel Francis
Aberdeen North - Frank Doran
Ashton Under Lyne - David Heyes
Batley & Spen - Mike Wood
Blackburn - Jack Straw
Bootle - Joe Benton
Bradford South - Gerry Sutcliffe
Bristol South - Dame Dawn Primarolo
Coventry North East - Bob Ainsworth
Dulwich & West Norwood - Dame Tessa Jowell
Edinburgh South West - Alistair Darling
Ellesmere Port & Neston - Andrew Miller
Falkirk - Eric Joyce*
Glenrothes - Lindsay Roy
Gower - Martin Caton
Great Grimsby - Austin Mitchell
Greenwich & Woolwich - Nick Raynsford
Hampstead & Kilburn - Glenda Jackson
Holborn & St Pancras - Frank Dobson
Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath - Gordon Brown
Leeds East - George Mudie
Lewisham, Deptford - Dame Joan Ruddock
Neath - Peter Hain
Salford & Eccles - Hazel Blears
Sheffield, Brightside & Hillsborough - David Blunkett
Sheffield, Heeley - Meg Munn
Southampton, Itchen - John Denham
St Helens South & Whiston - Shaun Woodward
Stirling - Anne McGuire
Stoke-on-Trent North - Joan Walley
Swansea East - Sian James
Workington - Sir Tony Cunningham
York Central - Hugh Bayley

*Eric Joyce was elected as a Labour MP but resigned from the Labour party in 2012 after pleading guilty to four charges of assault.

Liberal Democrat

Bath - Don Foster
Berwick-upon-Tweed - Sir Alan Beith
Brent Central - Sarah Teather
Gordon - Sir Malcolm Bruce
Hazel Grove - Sir Andrew Stunell
Mid Dorset and North Poole - Annette Brooke
North East Fife - Sir Menzies Campbell
Redcar - Ian Swales
Somerton & Frome - David Heath
Taunton Deane - Jeremy Browne

Plaid Cymru

Dwyfor Meirionnydd - Elfyn Lloyd

Comments - 455 Responses on “Retirements”
  1. I dont know if there is much in it but I have heard Eddie Izzards name being punted a couple of times as a potential Labour candidate for London Mayor.

  2. Probably the economy all gone even after just one year

  3. Diane Abbott might be dropping hints, but I don’t think she has a chance – Labour won’t want another maverick left winger.

    Not sure about Izzard he has the name recognition but he would have to show he is more than a celebrity, he was a serious politician too.

    As for the Conservatives (assuming Boris doesn’t stand again in 2016, and if Cameron is still PM then, perhaps he will go for a 3rd term), I cannot think of anyone high profile, who would stand – names like James Cleverley (leader of the Conservative GLA group) or Bob Neill (Bromley MP) maybe.

  4. Surely Karren Brady for the Tories. She’s been dropping hints in recent months in interviews including the TV one with Piers Morgan.

    Seb Coe has ruled out running for Mayor and is eyeing the IAAF President role instead ie the International Athletics A… Federation.

    I highly doubt Diane Abbott would actually run especially now she’s in the front bench for the first time and with a potential Labour government, which is still the likely result according to the polls, why would she jump ship? Also she must realise by now her marmite-ness – although I am a fan.

    I think if Sadiq Khan loses Tooting then he would be a dead cert but I’m guessing likely candidates would be David Lammy, Oona King, Christian Wolmar (who seems interesting) and Tessa Jowell.

  5. “Diane Abbott might be dropping hints, but I don’t think she has a chance – Labour won’t want another maverick left winger.”
    Are you sure, Matt. London Labour is well to the left of the national party as a whole, always has been. They reselected Ken after he was working for a Iranian state broadcaster! Abbott is also more popular in the public. I reckon David Lammy wants it, but unless there is an open primary – which old guard on the NEC will block – then Abbott could round up Unite and unions for support.
    “I think if Sadiq Khan loses Tooting..”
    Kokopos, are you for real? Khan will not lose Tooting, that’s a non-starter. However, he might go for Mayor.

    I genuinely think that Seb Coe could return to politics as a Tory Mayor in 2016 and many Tories want him to. If he does do it, he will win.

  6. Where do have the evidence Diane Abbott is more popular with the public? She will appeal to the Labour core voter (like Ken did), but her appeal is limited in my opinion.

    Lammy or Khan I think would be the most likely – Tessa Jowell will be 69 in 2016 so I doubt she would want to run

  7. Abbott is more popular with the public, she has a wider profile and her own public image aside from politics. That was boosted by her appearance on This Week and on celebrity programmes as well as candidacy for the leadership. She may also appeal to other voters. I reckon she will stand and with union support she could win. She also is not as bad as Ken. If you looked at the Labour leadership contest polling, Abbott did come second to David Miliband because of her public image.

    If the Tories select Seb Coe, I think they will win and if I am honest, I’d probably vote for him.

  8. @Bob

    I didn’t say Sadiq Khan will lose his seat but I said “if”. With the benefit cap meaning that housing benefit will be capped at a point where for many who rely on it will have to move away, which means areas with relative affluence with sites of former counci estates, which are now being snapped up by yuppies or young professionals renting them will increase in an area – less likely to vote Labour than those who were on receipt of housing benefit. Areas in which this will affect are seats in inner London, especially ones with safe Tory Councils such as Westminster (Westminster North), Hammersimth and Fulham (Hammersmith) and Wandsworth (Tooting). This is why If Sadiq Khan (who I am a fan of), would be wise to consider alternative political paths, just in case.

    Ken was voted as a candidate as the feeling was that it was Labour’s unpopularity in 2008 that contributed to his defeat and that he had one more term in him and to give a chance to avenge that defeat. Plus the fact that more plausible opposition campaigns were not put forward in 2010.

    Seb Coe has said that he will NOT run for mayor and as I have said he wants to run the IAAF, which is his stated ambition.

    Bob, you live in a cuckoo world if you seriously think Diane will win the Labour nomination.

  9. Who knows what will happen in 2016.
    I guess Ken Livingstone would have another chance if the Conservatives are in Government, otherwise it might be best for him to try again in 2020 on the same day as a possible Labour victory.

    They selected him last time for sentimentality reasons and deluded themselves that it was just a spasm the electorate had in 2008, and soon it’ll be business as usual.

  10. He’s not really standing of course.

  11. I suspect there was also a fear that, if he had not been the Labour candidate, he might have stood as an independent again.

  12. Bob has slagged Merseymike off for being unlikely to turn out & vote for his Labour MP (who has a gigantic majority anyway). But of course it’s perfectly OK for him to refuse to support a left-winger in a potentially very close contest if he wants to, isn’t it.
    I know that this is off-topic, but since his posts of this kind have been allowed to stand I feel that it was necessary for me to point out his total duplicity.

  13. @ Barnaby – Dead right. Bob is a boob!

  14. @Bob

    How many no-Jamaicans will vote for Abbot?

  15. I don’t think that ethnicity is likely to be that serious a factor in how people would vote in a London Mayoral election – or, come to that, almost any election in London – these days. It could have a slight impact in a small number of seats, chiefly in Havering & Bexley, but not in many areas of current Labour strength in London. The overall perceptions of the political parties will have much more impact.

  16. Whatever you think of Ken Livingston, politically, he’s a serious politician with a long history in London local government. He’s also been Mayor of London for two terms, not without achievement. Diane Abbott, on the other hand, is widely regarded as a lightweight. You can’t compare the two.

  17. “For those Labour MPs who have confirmed that they are standing again, trigger ballots are starting to be arranged. The first case that I know of in West London is in Ealing Southall, where the trigger ballot process will take place in June and July. ”

    I see Walthamstow CLP is holding the trigger ballot process in June too. So it seems London is moving in terms of reselection processes.

  18. I do believe Ken Livingstone has already said that he is done for good. There will be no more runs for him.

    Oona King seems like the much more logical choice for Mayor. I am actually surprised she managed to lose so comprehensively to Ken Livingstone last year given Livingstone was ‘damaged goods’ having lost the previous election.

    Oona is a Blairite so she appeals to moderates. She would siphon off a sizable chunk of conservative support from the center. She’s also biracial woman so there’s going to be a novelty factor there. Obviously her biggest piece of baggage is Iraq, but with each successive year this will become less and less of a drag politically.

    Call me crazy, but if she winds up with the candidacy I think she’s a shoo in.

  19. No Labour candidate will be a “shoo-in” in 2016 if a Miliband government is elected in 2015, as appears likely.

  20. i thought oona king had retired after she lost her seat obvously not

  21. She stood against Livingstone for the nomination in 2012 and lost.

    No doubt she would be a credible candidate and would certainly be favourite to win if the Tories or coalition are re-elected.

  22. Confirmed candidates for Mayor from Labour are Christian Wolmar and Atma Singh. Andrew Adonis has declared an interest as have Oona King, Diane Abbott, Jon Cruddas, David Lammy and Sadiq Khan. Presuming that Cruddas, Lammy, Khan, Adonis and Abbott all get tempted into government then it will be a race between Wolmar, Singh and King – King winning. But I still believe that Abbott wants it and unless there is an open primary, the unions will swing behind her and get her the nomination.

  23. Christian Wolmar would be an interesting choice particularly if there is any intention to make this a serious political post rather than the cheerleader role it has become

    He is a transport expert and given that’s about the main areas of power, it would be interesting to see what he could

    I can’t see Labour members choosing Oona King.

  24. Christian Wolmar won’t win and you know it. Oona King can win with the backing of senior figures again who’d otherwise stand and if the Left shut up.

  25. Whilst I’d be happy for Boris to win again, if Labour win with Oona King that’s ok imo. She’s a genuine, decent woman I believe.

  26. Christian Wolmar has been exceptionally critical of the last Labour government on rail policies.

    I agree with Merseymike he would be an interesting candidate.

  27. Isn’t Oona King in the House of Lords as Baroness King of Bow? If so, would that be an impediment to her standing for Mayor?

  28. I very much doubt whether Oona King would be chosen for that post. Like it or not. Labour must mobilise its ethnic minority supporters and she did alienate an awful lot of them with her stance on Iraq. Its just not worth taking a risk.
    Also, while I do like her style and I think she’s a decent person as well, I don’t think she actually wants the job. Given the talent that we do have in the party, I think its time to make the job something a bit more serious than another round of the Replacement Boris and Replacement Ken show.

    Which is why someone with a bit of expertise about a subject which matters hugely to London and is actually a key responsibility could be a refreshing change, particularly as his involvement has been more on the academic/journalistic side than within party politics, despite being a long-term party member. A non-politician could have a lot of appeal, far more than a defeated MP who lost us a safe seat and then lost the nomination to an already-defeated candidate for the post

  29. Brian Binley (Northampton South) confirms retirement

  30. I can’t find Patrick Mercer’s name on this thread.

    IIRC he has said he won’t stand in 2015.

  31. What about some of the other old MPs?

    – Gerald Kaufman
    – Dennis Skinner
    – Michael Meacher

    Can you see any of these retiring? None of the above would make a late retirement, and therefore let the party parachute someone in. So by my reckoning they have got to anounce retirement within the next 6 months or so.

    I’m not sure about any of them. I could see each of them staying in until serious ill health or even death prevents them from doing so! What is the record for the oldest Member of the Commons?

  32. I wouldn’t bet against Kaufman and Skinner carrying on. Meacher is maybe more likely to retire IMO.

  33. what about ken clarke

  34. Alan Beith has announced he will retire in 2015.

  35. Now that is a very interesting development. Beith has been around for a very long time, and the Tories came fairly close to taking Berwick upon Tweed (2000 or 3000 votes). With Alan standing down, this would clearly be a very high priority target in the North East.

  36. On another forum, some LibDem members mentioned that the party is advertising to new applicants a selection in a LD held seat suggesting the sitting MP is retiring.
    A kind LD member confirmed it’s Hazel Grove. So Andrew Stunell.

  37. Not entirely surprising given his age – he’s already over 70

  38. Malcolm Bruce confirms retirement too http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/3376676

  39. Sarah Teather.

  40. At the grand old age of 39.

    Not up for the fight?

  41. No mention yet of David Winnick standing down (he’ll be 82 in 2015).

  42. Whoever replaces him will be fighting a marginal seat technically.

  43. You can spot a young David Winnick on the Oct 1974 election show when he was contesting Croydon Central.

  44. Winnick has had a lot of scares during his career and in many instances close contests.

    He won Croydon Central in 1966 extremely narrowly but then lost it by a considerable margin back to the Tories in 1970.

    Then he tried his hand in Croydon Central, where he agonisingly lost by just 164 votes to John Moore, the Conservative.

    He then went on to lose the Walsall North byelection of 1977 to the Conservatives, before finally winning it to get back to Westminster after a gap of very nearly nine years.

    He then in 1987 saw his majority reduced against the national trend.

    And in 2010 he got back by only 990 votes….

    Does any other MP have such a record of endless close contests over a period as long as Winnick’s?

  45. Lord James Douglas Hamiltion in Edinburgh West never had a majority greater than 1234 from 1979 to his defeat in 1997 (400 in 1983, 1234 in 1987 and 800 in 1992).

  46. David Heath will be the same, probably whether or not he loses Somerton & Frome in 2015.

  47. As some of you may know, the record for recounts is held by Sir Harmar Nicholls, Tory MP for Peterborough from 1950 until October 1974, and father of Sue Nicholls out of Coronation Street. He had to suffer 21 recounts from 1950 until February 1974 inclusives, holding on by just 3 votes in 1966. However, I don’t think a recount was necessary when he finally lost in October 1974, to Labour’s Michael Ward (father of Alison Seabeck, present MP for Plymouth Moor View).

  48. Sarah Teather isn’t a complete surprise. You find quite a few people who enter politics at too young an age giving it up before their time. See also James Purnell at the last election. A lesson that many wannabe MPs should do something else first perhaps.

    With Teather though I get the impression that she was a bit overwhelmed by it all.

  49. A few New Labour MPs retired after one term: people like Jenny Jones, Tess Kingham and Jenny Jones.

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