Hilary Armstrong and Doug Henderson to retire at the next election

Hilary Armstrong MPNorth West Durham MP, Hilary Armstrong and Newcastle North MP, Doug Henderson have announced they are both to retire at the next General Election.

Hilary Armstrong MP said;

"I have had the enormous privilege to represent the people and communities in  North West Durham since 1987. I will be 65 at the end of 2010, and feel that it is now the right time to let someone else take up the role. I have enjoyed so many opportunities in the last 22 years, and was very lucky to have the chance to serve in a Labour Government, which has done so much to improve opportunities for people in North West Durham. I have loved working in the constituency, and look forward to supporting Labour here and nationally. I still have lots more to do as the MP, and at this stage just want to thank people who have inspired and supported me over this time."

Doug HendersonDoug Henderson MP said;

“I told the Leader of the Labour Party last summer that I would not be seeking re-election at the next General Election and I have told Newcastle North Labour Party of my decision at its constituency meeting on Friday evening.

I have had a great 22 years as the Member of Parliament for Newcastle North.  It has been an immense privilege and an honour to represent a constituency with such a strong community spirit.  But, I think it is now time for a younger person with more energy and vitality to take on the tough tasks ahead.

I have told the General Management Committee that I would be a political activist as long as I have breath in my body and I am looking forward to working with those who will take over the responsibility.