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. Whoops, the third one was supposed to be Tess Kingham.

  2. ‘Lord James Douglas Hamiltion in Edinburgh West’

    I’d forgotten all about him

    It was his father’s estate of course that Rudolph Hess was flying too in his ill-fated mission to “make peace” with Britain with the mad German mistakenly beleiving Hamilton’s father to be a Nazi sympathiser

    Is James Douglas Hamilton in the Lords now?

  3. Hess was not the brightest spark even in that collection of murderers & general misfits. He was carrying a letter with him when he landed addressed to “Mr Vincent Churchill”.

  4. ‘Hess was not the brightest spark even in that collection of murderers & general misfits.’

    As an amateur historian what has always surprised me most about the Nazi high command was how ‘average’ so many of them were

    Apart from Goring, Hitler and to a certain extent Goebbels, most Nazis lacked both intellect and talent and it’s extremely worrying how such a bunch of average miss-fits acqauired so muchg power through sheer thuggery

  5. Lorraine Fullbrook (South Ribble) has announced her retirement after 1 term.

  6. Is it really surprising that a load of fascists lack intellect?

  7. Intellect is often over-rated in politics.

    Lack of intellect often used to be the Tories’ secret weapon – they were not called the stupid party for nothing – relying successfully on character, instinct and common sense rather than succumbing to intellectual doctrines.

    Some of the least successful party leaders have been intellectuals – the names Foot and Hague immediately spring to mind.

  8. Perhaps a moderate amount of intellect is desirable rather than little. You wouldn’t want Ronnie Campbell or Nadine Dorries running either of their parties.

  9. Or Philip Davies/Gloria Del Piero

  10. Crispin Blunt to step down as MP for Reigate (according to Paul Waugh).

  11. George Mudie (Leeds East) confirms retirement in 2015. Born in 1945, first elected as MP in 1992 GE.

  12. On another blog on this site a couple of days ago someone mentioned that three Scottish Lib-Dems are now retiring. This includes Ming Campbell. Who are the others?

  13. Rechecking this blog I see that Malcolm Bruce, of course, is one. The other?

  14. David Heath to stand down in 2015 as LD MP for Somerton & Frome:

    http://www.libdemvoice.org/david-heath-announces-he-will-stand-down-as-an-mp-in-2015-36661.html

  15. Well, I’ve been inclining slightly towards a Conservative gain there, but I think that makes it far more likely than not.

  16. Plaid MP Elfyn Llwyd (Dwyfor Meirionnydd) confirms retirement at next GE. Born in 1951, first elected to the Commons in 1992

  17. And another one: Frank Doran (Aberdeen North) decides to join his wife Joan Ruddock into retirement.

    We are at 28 retirements so far

  18. The list at the top is now so far out of date that it is almost deceptive as to what the real situation is…

    Andrea has clearly been keeping tabs.. can you give us your list?

  19. @Antiochian

    James Arbuthnot (Con, NE Hampshire)
    John Stanley (Con, Tonbridge and Malling)
    Peter Luff (Con, Mid Worcestershire)
    Richard Ottaway (Con, Croydon South)
    Jonathan Evans (Con, Cardiff North)
    Charles Hendry (Con, Wealden)
    Jim Paice (Con, SE Cambridgeshire)
    Brian Binley (Con, Northampton South)
    Lorraine Fullbrook (Conservative, South Ribble)

    Patrick Mercer (Newark)

    Glenda Jackson (Lab, Hampstead & Kilburn)
    John Denham (Lab, Southampton Itchen)
    Dawn Primarolo (Lab, Bristol South)
    Martin Caton (Lab, Gower)
    Bob Ainsworth (Lab, Coventry NE)
    Joan Ruddock (Lab, Lewisham Deptford)
    Nick Raynsford (Greenwich & Woolwich)
    Geroge Mudie (Leeds East)
    Frank Doran (Aberdeen North)

    Eric Joyce (Falkirk)

    Annette Brooke (LD, Mid Dorset & North Poole)รน
    Alan Beith (LD, Berwick)
    Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove)
    Malcolm Bruce (Gordon)
    Sarah Teather (Brent Central)
    Ming Campbell (NE Fife)
    David Heath (Somerton and Frome)

    Elfyn Llwyd (Plaid, Dwyfor Meirionnydd)

  20. Thanks Andrea. I suppose 2010 was a record clearout due to Expenses?

  21. Antiochian:

    I’m keeping a list of retirees on my candidates spreadsheet:

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0At91c3wX1Wu5dFkzTjFrRmJRN3F6ODBTTEs4NGFhcUE#gid=0

  22. replying to lancs observer.

    The 148 retirements was above the 100 or so , you would expect after a 5 year parliament.
    only a minority of the difference was due to expenses scandal. other factors were more women mps, they tend to stay in parliament less time. disillusion in Labour ranks, boundary changes and the future abolition of golden goodbyes, so in effect mps would work for 4-5 years for 3-4 years pay.

  23. Thanks Andy for the update spreadsheet.. this has a wealth of info for the candidate pages also..

  24. RH – I thought over one third of the House changed last time? I must be including those defeated and deselected. Do as many as 100 usually retire?

  25. last election 232 new mp’s , 4 extra seats in redistribution, 2 vacancies, 78 defeated.

    the number of retirements depends on length of parliament after a 5 year one, nearly 100 would be expected. though because of the unusually high number last time, plus changes to pension scheme inclining mp’s to retire later, perhaps 60-70 next time.

  26. I don’t think there have been changes in the MPs pension scheme yet. The IPSA proposals published during the summer seemed to be keen to let MPs who are over 55 to stay in the current scheme with the new one being operative for the others (a transitional period is suggested for MPs between 51 and 55 IIRC).

    The biggest recent change has been the abolishment of resettlement grants for MPs retiring and not being defeated. I think that will have an impact on oldish MPs (around 60) in marginal seats. Now losing their seat would be economically vantageous for them. There shouldn’t be many of them in 2015 as Tory marginal seats are the 2010 gains and so the average age of MPs is lower. There are many MPs around that age in Labour inclined marginals if things get extremely bad for Labour (so starting to lose seats)

  27. Is it just me or am I imaging that there seems to have been rather a dearth of by-elections in this parliament? All we have had this year was Eastleigh and we are heading up towards the end of the year.. is this a record low?

  28. South Shields was contested in early May.

  29. true… still seems seems rather thin gruel… one safe Labour, one “safe” LDP.. would be nice to see a real gladiatorial marginal in play..

  30. Apart from Northern Ireland, there’s only been one Tory & one LD seat which have seen by-elections this parliament. The Tory one was of course Corby, but the outcome was never in doubt.

  31. Incidentally, Anthony, you’ve listed Patrick Mercer as retiring in Newton Abbot – that should of course read Newark.

  32. Late last year was quite busy for by-elections. Partly because a couple of MP’s stood down to contest the police commissioner elections. Couple of others passed away, one caught up in the expenses row and one leaving on personal grounds.

    There was certainly a lot between 92 and 97. The defeats Major suffered resulted in the government losing their overall majority just before Blair won.

    Other than for unforeseen circumstances, can’t see any further by-elections this year.

  33. andrea

    The change in the pension scheme that I am referring to is that service post 2010, no longer counts towards eligibility for early retirement.

  34. Richard Hardingham

    Thanks. I understand now. It was one of the transitional rule kept alive in the 2004 review of their pension scheme until 2010. MPs retiring in 2010 also still benefited from the “80” rule (full pension at 60 with 20 year of service)

  35. Jack Straw stepping down in Blackburn.

  36. Lindsay Roy (Glenrothes) announced retirement today. Elected in 2008 by-election, he was born in 1949

  37. Shaun Woodward standing down in St Helens South and Whiston.

  38. You should amend the website. Mr Mercer is quoted as having been elected a Labour MP, I think this is wrong!!

    “*Patrick was elected as a Labour MP but resigned the Conservative whip in 2013 after being involved in a Panorama sting operation.”

  39. I am surprised that Margaret Beckett, Margaret Hodge and Tessa Jowell have not announced their retirements. Beckett definitely should think about giving a younger person a chance.

  40. Tessa Jowell has announced she is standing down at the next election in Dulwich and West Norwood.

  41. Hywel Francis to retire in Aberavon. Born in 1946, first elected in 2001.

  42. Just 3 MPs since 1929: William Cove, John Morris, Hywel Francis.

  43. Laura Sandys announced that she’ll be standing down from Thanet South at the next election. So this is the second female Tory MP of the 2010 intake to do so. Lorraine Fulbrook announced her decision a few months back.

  44. Not seen any mention of Joan Walley’s retirement in Stoke North yet….bit of a surprise that one.

  45. Not seen any mention on here of Joan Walley’s retirement yet (Stoke North) bit of a surprise that one….

  46. I didn’t find Joan Walley’s retirement surprising. Laura Sandys however is a real turn-up. The partisan effect of that is difficult to gauge.

  47. She’s frit

  48. Sir George Young told his association executive last night that he will retire.

  49. Born in 1949, elected in 1992, Andrew Miller becomes the 16th Lab MP to announce retirement. He leaves a 9.8% maj in Ellesmere Port & Neston

  50. Are the likes of David Winnick, Austin Mitchell and Gerald Kaufman seriously going to run again? You’d have thought they’d have made an announcement by now if they were,.

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