Tyne Bridge MP David Clelland to step down at next General Election

Dave ClellandTyne Bridge Labour MP, Dave Clelland has today announced his intention to retire from Parliament at the next General Election.  Mr Clelland will not be seeking election in the new Gateshead constituency which comes in to force after boundary changes.

Mr Clelland was first elected to Parliament at a by-election in 1985. Since 2005, he has served on the Select Committee for Transport championing investment in the region's transport infrastructure.

Announcing his retirement, Mr Clelland said;

" I am now coming up to 67 years old, and a 4 or 5 year Parliament will take me beyond the age of 70.
"There are other, personal, reasons but certainly the recent death of a colleague at the age of 63, who will now never enjoy the retirement he was planning, has convinced me to re-assess my position. So I have decided to retire and give Gateshead Labour Party the opportunity to select a new candidate.
"It has been an honour and a privilege to represent the people of Tyne Bridge these past 24 years and I sincerely thank those who have supported me and extend best wishes for the future to all my constituents and the many local organisations I have worked with."