MP Spring will not seek re-election

WEST Suffolk MP Richard Spring is to quit parliament at the next election.Mr Spring, 63, who has been a Suffolk MP since 1992, told his local party that he had made the decision “with very mixed feelings.

Graham Dines

WEST Suffolk MP Richard Spring is to quit parliament at the next election.

Mr Spring, 63, who has been a Suffolk MP since 1992, told his local party that he had made the decision “with very mixed feelings.”

He added: “It has been the greatest possible honour to have been the parliamentary representative for West Suffolk.


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“I have enjoyed the role immensely.”

Mr Spring was elected MP for Bury St Edmunds in 1992. Following a wholesale boundary change in 1997, he became the Tory candidate for the new West Suffolk seat. With Labour's landslide, West Suffolk that year became a marginal Tory and Mr Spring had a majority of 1,800.

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In 2005, his majority was 8,909. He is a vice-chairman of the Conservative Party.

His resignation means there will be at least two new MPs for Suffolk. This Friday, Suffolk Central & Ipswich North Tories will be seeking a candidate to replace Sir Michael Lord.

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