Welsh Tory MP Jonathan Evans to retire at next election

 

Welsh Conservative MP Jonathan Evans will stand down at the next election.

Mr Evans won the marginal seat of Cardiff North from Labour in 2010. He had previously been MP for the (once even more) marginal seat of Brecon and Radnorshire. He was a minister in John Major's government - at the DTI, Lord Chancellor's office and the old Welsh office - in the 1990s.

He told his local party: "It is now 40 years since I was first selected at the age of 22 as a Conservative parliamentary candidate against the late Michael Foot. Twenty one years ago I was first elected to the House of Commons and I have altogether fought nine parliamentary election campaigns at Westminster and European elections since 1974. By the time of the next election in 2015 I will have served for two decades in the House of Commons and in the European Parliament in Brussels.

"I have been honoured by the support I have received from voters in Cardiff North, Brecon & Radnor and throughout Wales during the course of my political career. This outstanding support has given me the opportunity to serve in Parliament, in government, as Leader of the Conservatives in Europe, and as Head of the European Parliament's relations with the United States Congress.

"It is a difficult decision to stand down from public life, but with the introduction of fixed term parliaments, we now know that the next Parliamentary term is likely to run until 2020, and that is a commitment which is I believe is too lengthy for me to make."

 
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    Comment number 30.

    Who?

    Ahh, Evans the Tory.

    Now I know who you mean.

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    Comment number 29.

    .a non story provided by the ministry of truth , for labours rent a mob to put about the same old party politics and class nonsence .

    You would not be suprised if this happened in Vietnam .

    It would appear the UK has rather more lax rules .

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    Comment number 28.

    That should be another Labour seat then. No problem.

    I woke the other day after dreaming Cameron had resigned. This coalition is getting to me.

    The sooner gone the better.

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    Comment number 27.

    #3, 9 & 20 – whilst it would be great to see the backs of this bunch of greedy, lying so-and-so’s and I’m all in favour, what is the alternative, Ed Miliband and his side show or the UKIP loonies? I can’t forgive EM because simply by being Labour leader he has guaranteed at least 10 years of Tory rule. The LD’s are just a sideshow propping up the Tory’s until the next election.

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    Comment number 26.

    He will be 69 by the time th next parliament is up .
    He is more than entitled to avoid that .
    So he gives two years warning .

    This is an important story for him , his family , the local party and a few constituants .

    But it is a non story .
    That will be repeated all over the country for the next year .

    Just an excuse to make things look desperate .

    BBC - same old agenda

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    Comment number 25.

    22.Mr Loser


    Before quoting from the Coaliton's self agrandising "half term report" let me dispell you of one pathetic notion it contains....

    The "500,000 new jobs" are mostly made up of people on workfare projects......who are to a (wo)man still claiming benefits as the work placements are unpaid......

    ....spin, spin & more spin - this lot are worse than New Labour were for apinning...

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    Comment number 24.

    22.Mr Loser - "......undo all the good work done by the coalition."



    For all Lab's faults they were doing a dran site better than the Coalition - the economy was GROWING at the last election, despite the Eurozone travails.....then in came the Boy Gideon & it's recessions all the way.....

    ...what "good work" do you think the Govt. have actually done...???

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    Comment number 23.

    @20.jeffhairy
    "Hey, Cameron, only 28 months left to steal from the poor and old to fill the pockets of all your wealthy chums."

    So you really want Miliband as PM? He'd be a total disaster.
    Five more years of Cameron would be just fine for most sensible people.

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    Comment number 22.

    When good MPs like Jonathan Evans decide to retire from politics, then I'm fearful for the people of Cardiff and the UK.

    On a wider level, unless the economy starts to show signs of picking up in the next couple of years, I can well imagine the Socialists trying to mislead the more fickle amongst us.

    We do not need another Labour government to undo all the good work done by the coalition.

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    Comment number 21.

    15.Stuart Wilson

    Thanks for the conciliatory correction!

    And how kind of you to mention the place where I was born! But I don't know that people would put up with me making the law any more than, for example, you!

    But lets hear it for Winchester! I have fond childhood memories of a knickerbocker glory in the rear dining room of the Cadena Cafe half way up Winchester High Street.

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    Comment number 20.

    Once again, more evidence that the Tories do not want to be in government after 2015.
    Another MP who knows what the big plan is and who is making his own future plans early.

    Hey, Cameron, only 28 months left to steal from the poor and old to fill the pockets of all your wealthy chums.

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    Comment number 19.

    "14.The Amazing Anarchist
    Troublesome
    Old-Fashioned
    Ridiculous-policies
    Idiotic-leaders
    Evil-Money-Grabbers
    Sinister-Country-Club-Owners

    TORIES"

    Are you sure you are not talking about high-taxing, pension-robbing, EU-loving, money-borrowing, UK-bankrupting, war-mongering, compulsive-lying, vote-rigging, croquet-playing Labour? Remember them? We do. Never again.

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    Comment number 18.

    Sinking ships and what leaves them?
    As Spike Milligan would have said "there's a lot of it about"
    Indeed, will there be anyone left in Camerons gang by the next election?

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    Comment number 17.

    just imagine how much more damage this coalition is going to do to this country think its time us plebs took this country back roll on the republic

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    Comment number 16.

    ah well, at least he has got his 'gold plated' pension to look forward to...

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    Comment number 15.

    @12.John_from_Hendon
    "(and no MP should have been a local counsellor before!)"

    I think you mean councillor, but if not, wouldn't that be beneficial to the NHS in developing more support for mental health?

    There should be no law within the realm, save the law of Winchester...

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    Comment number 14.

    Troublesome
    Old-Fashioned
    Ridiculous-policies
    Idiotic-leaders
    Evil-Money-Grabbers
    Sinister-Country-Club-Owners

    TORIES

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    Comment number 13.

    I For one am happy that this tory is resigning, i think that in the future, more of them should resign, they are very anti-progressionist, and often seek to drag us back into the past.

    however, i am neither a tory or labour or lib dem fan, i dislike these three parties, they seek to get votes for their party, rather than the people, the tories arent evil, but they are almost always wrong.

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    Comment number 12.

    This chap epitomises what is wrong with politics - a careen politician - started out at 22 been in it for 40 years. Good riddance!

    All MPs should sit for maximum of only one 8 year term. With general elections every 4 years and by-elections as required by the 'statute of limitations'. (and no MP should have been a local counsellor before!)

    We have to break the strangle hold of careerists.

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    Comment number 11.

    5. The Sarge
    it would be nice, in fact a refreshing change, to have an MP who stood up for the working majority
    ---
    Isn't it the "working majority" who gave this man the votes that got him elected? Perhaps the "working majority" should invest some effort in finding some new sources of information.

 

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