UK Politics

Veteran Tory MP Stephen Dorrell to stand down after 35 years

Stephen Dorrell
Image caption Elected in 1979, Stephen Dorrell was the youngest MP in Commons

Conservative MP Stephen Dorrell, a cabinet minister in John Major's government, is to stand down next May after 35 years in parliament.

The MP for Charnwood in Leicestershire has accepted a job as a health policy consultant with accountancy firm KPMG.

Mr Dorrell, on the centre-left of the party, became an MP in 1979.

He was health secretary during the BSE crisis and a Treasury minister on "Black Wednesday", when the UK's pound crashed out of Europe's ERM.

As a backbencher, he served as chairman of the health select committee between 2010 and 2014.

In his resignation letter to the chair of his local party, Mr Dorrell said his decision marked a "bitter sweet moment".

His new position at KPMG would be "incompatible" with his role as an MP, he said.

He described himself as a "strong supporter of the Coalition" but pledged to campaign for a majority Conservative government at the general election.

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