Essex MP Sir Alan Haselhurst fights to stand aged 77

 
Sir Alan Haselhurst Essex MP, Sir Alan Haselhurst, wants to fight the next election aged 77

It seems another of the east's MPs is having to fight his corner. This time it's Sir Alan Haselhurst in the firing line, facing questions about his future.

Like the recently deselected Conservative MP Tim Yeo, he's been a member of the House of Commons for decades, like Mr Yeo he's been returned with large majorities but unlike Mr Yeo there do not seem to be concerns about his visibility as Saffron Walden's MP.

Nevertheless, he has been forced to write to his local party to scotch the rumour that he was going to stand down at the next election.

Nothing is further from his mind apparently. In his letter he rejects any impression that he was to retire.

No, Sir Alan is determined to fight his 10th election and add another term to the 36 years he has already spent in parliament.

No-one is speaking about it openly but we believe that a few people in the local Conservative association are questioning whether it's time for him to retire.

He's played a leading role in the campaign against a second runway at Stansted and is currently fighting for improvements to the West Anglia rail line.

Sir Alan is telling friends he hopes his party will back him - he still wants to do the job and believes that at 82 he would still have a lot to offer.

He's in good company. Luton's Kelvin Hopkins will be 73 and Colchester's Sir Bob Russell a comparative youngster at 69 come the 2015 election.

Reselected

The region's longest-serving MP has been reselected to stand at the next general election.

Sir Alan Haselhurst will continue to be the candidate for Saffron Walden in 2015.

Although doubts surfaced at the meeting to discuss his future, he will retain his title as the region's oldest MP.

 
Deborah McGurran Article written by Deborah McGurran Deborah McGurran Political editor, East of England

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    Comment number 6.

    MPs should not have to be deselected.

    They should serve the term they are elected for and then have to seek selection for the coming parliament along with other able candidates.

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    Comment number 5.

    Our safe Conservative MP was Tim Rathbone, but I never noticed him do anything. I don't think anyone else was particularly impressed because next thing you know we have elected Lib Dem Norman Baker.
    Beware hanging on to invisible MP's, the electorate may change allegiance.
    Parachuting in a new conservative candidate impressed no-one.

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    Comment number 4.

    As with councillors, the first qualification for standing for office is wanting to.
    Plus, in party politics (the only game really), being biddable, on message, and in with a chance of election.
    Sometimes those that want to do it are the last that should, but there's a shortage of willing candidates. Despite so many of us knowing where they get it wrong.
    Just a view.

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    Comment number 3.

    Feel sorry for the man, must be doing it for the perks as I fail to see why he just does not stand down, enjoy his retirement, spend his rather large taxpayer funded pension and 'gets a life' away from Westminster, although I suspect that he will be offered an upgrade to the Lords. Must admit there are several of the old codgers I would like to see compulsory retired by their constituencies

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    Comment number 2.

    I think all MP's should have to be re selected for each parliament - its should not be a job for life.

 

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