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Anne Diamond

Happy retirement – but not yet!

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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