Sir Henry Bellingham to stand down
- By Elaine Bird
- 04 November 2019
- North-West Norfolk
Long-serving North West Norfolk Conservative MP Sir Henry Bellingham has today announced that he is standing down ahead of next month's election.
BBC News have reported that in a letter to local party members, the MP stated that he wanted to depart gracefully before people started saying “poor Henry, he is not quite as active or dynamic as he used to be”.
Henry, 64, is said to have “agonised” over the decision and described the present Parliament as “one of the most discredited and disliked in history”.
He also reportedly added that "very few sitting MPs will be able to shake off this plague on all your camps".
Sir Henry was first elected MP for North West Norfolk in 1983 but lost his seat in 1997, which he regained four years later in 2001.