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Monday, 24 November 2014

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Workington MP Sir Tony Cunningham will not fight next election

Sir Tony Cunningham is to step down as Workington MP next year.

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Tony Cunningham

The 61-year-old father-of-four wants to devote more time to his family but said he had not ruled out continuing in public service.

The Workington Constituency Labour Party has issued a statement thanking Sir Tony.

“He has made a significant contribution to the Labour Party and has been a strong voice for the people of the Workington constituency.

“We wish him all the success in the future," it said.

Sir Tony won the General Election in 2001 with 23,209 votes. That was reduced to 19,554 votes in 2005 and 17,865 in 2010.

He said: “It is simply the right time for me to go. I firmly believe Labour still has a strong chance and great backing by voters in the Workington constituency.

“It is a personal decision for me. I have been getting more tired as the last couple of years have passed.

“If I was elected next year, I don’t think I could continue for another four years."

The selection process to find a new candidate for the May 2015 elections will begin on Tuesday.

Have your say

Dave - it is undoubtedly the case that Tony Cunningham has done something for his community, and probably, as you suggest, more than some of his critics here.

However, in the 14 years as an MP he will have accrued £2-3 million pounds of income and benefits (largely the bizarrely generous pension given to MPs) paid for by us - taxpaying critics. Surely we have a right to expect some return for that?

I'm glad that he replied to your letters. The point isn't that he has done nothing, but that he, along with Reed, are persistent under-performers who have enriched themselves while allowing their constituents to suffer from poverty, poor healthcare and education.

I for one will hope for better from his replacement.

Posted by Cumbrian Lad on 1 July 2014 at 12:22

West Cumbria has long suffered at the hands of weak politicians who make the right noises but offer little of substance. Cunningham and Reed are very much the same in that respect. On their watch, child poverty has been allowed to increase, hospitals fail and schools slip down the league tables.

Tony will no doubt have a comfortable retirement having 'earned' generous pension benefits for himself. Many of his constituents will be less fortunate.

Posted by Cumbrian Lad on 28 June 2014 at 09:52

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