Message to constituents
I thank constituents for your 30 years of support. It has been a huge privilege to serve as MP for Oxford East, and we have achieved so much together. This election is for a Parliament which is likely to run until 2022, when I would be over 71, so I think it is now time for someone else to take forward the work of serving local people as your MP. I will therefore not be a candidate in the election.
My belief and confidence in the values of fairness which Labour stands for are as strong as ever, and I will work tirelessly to help secure the election of a Labour MP for Oxford East, carrying forward the service which Oxford Labour gives our local community. I am very thankful to constituents, Labour members and my office staff for their support and work over the years.
It is always hard to give up a job you love, but that time comes.
With thanks and best wishes,