Deputy Speaker Sir Michael Lord to retire

September 14, 2009 at 6:31 pm Leave a comment

Sir Michael Lord has announced he will not contest the next election.

He has served as the Second Chairman of Ways and Means, one of the three Deputy Speakers, since 1997.

The Speaker’s deputies uphold the tradition of neither speaking nor voting on any matter before the House unless a casting vote is required.

Sir Michael last addressed MPs from outside the chair in June, when he spoke from the backbenches in favour of his candidacy for Speaker.

He was eliminated in the first round of voting.

The MP for Suffolk Central and its successor constituencies since 1983, he is a former farmer, agricultural lecturer and has previously served as president of the Arboricultural Association.

In a statement Sir Michael said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a Member of Parliament and considered it a huge privilege and honour to have served the people in Suffolk.

“I will be sad to retire but feel that now is the right time to make the announcement to allow my successor to be selected and become known to the constituents.

“When I leave the House of Commons I will particularly miss my constituency work which I have always found extremely rewarding and which has enabled me to help thousands of my constituents over the years.”

In July Sir Michael told the East Anglian Daily Times he was not going to stand down.

“Changing people in the House of Commons will not change the way the House of Commons is seen, I don’t think,” he said.

“There is a great need for experience in the job I do.

“I know as a young MP it takes you quite a long time to find your way around.

“And when you get older, you have seen an awful lot and you do understand an awful lot more.

“You have seen politics come and go, you understand your constituency better. There is really nothing better than experience in a job like mine.”


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