We heard today that Sir George Young plans to retire at the next general election. He’s only 72, but has decided that, after 41 years in Parliament, it’s time for a quieter life. I wish him the very best – he’s such a gentleman but also a politician who has overseen a marvellous time in government from the Thatcher years, being Leader of the House right through to now, when he’s the government’s Chief Whip. I wonder who they’ll select for his successor? It’s a very tasty constituency, North West Hampshire… there will be many after that one! So happy retirement, Sir George. But not quite yet.


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