Jim Cousins MP to retire at the next General Election

Jim CousinsNewcastle Central MP, Jim Cousins has announced his intention to retire at the next General Election. Mr Cousins told a meeting of his Constituency Labour Party of his decision last Friday night.

First elected in 1987, Jim has served the people of Newcastle Central for 22 years.

Chair of Newcastle Central CLP, Cllr Joyce McCarney said

"At the meeting, members paid tribute to both Jim, for his work as an MP, and his wife Anne, who had been a County Councillor and, more recently, a Governor at Gosforth High School.It is typical of Jim, that, by making his decision now, it will allow Party members enough time to make a considered choice in selecting a candidate for the next General Election."

A spokesperson for Labour North said

"Jim has worked hard for the City of Newcastle for over 22 years and everyone in the Labour Party is sad to see him retire. The Party will now begin the process of selecting a new candidate. We will be consulting with the local party about the process and will look to begin the process as soon as possible."