Yorkshire's MEP resigns
3:39pm 19th January 2012
(Updated 3:57pm 19th January 2012)
Yorkshire's MEP Diana Wallis has resigned.
Earlier this week she failed to win the backing of enough voters to become president of the European Parliament.
In a statement on her website she says:
"I have been in the European Parliament twelve years and I think that is time enough.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time and it was truly a huge privilege; especially to serve as a Vice President of Parliament for the last five years.
"However, I think all of us, whatever our professions, need to turn a new page from time to time.
"At the mid-term of parliament many members come and go, so accordingly this moment following upon my unsuccessful bid for the Presidency is a good time to take stock.
"I undertook that bid for reasons that I deeply believe in but such a course of action is bound to lead to reflection. I want to take a break from politics and to take time and assess what next.
"I have been at the service of the people of Yorkshire and the Humber for twelve and a half years.
"I will always be grateful for the trust that was placed in me to carry out this role, but now is the time for someone with fresh eyes to take over.
"I remain a committed pro-European Liberal Democrat."
Responding to the resignation of MEP Diane Wallis, fellow Yorkshire MEP Godfrey Bloom (UKIP) commented today:
"This really is what you call taking a huff.
"One minute Wallis wants to be President of the European Parliament, comes last and immediately decides she wants to feed sheep in Yorkshire instead. Really pathetic.
"But trying to shoehorn her husband into her old salary as she resigns really is a working definition of nepotism in my opinion. One Wallis is as bad as another.
"The LibDems are always screaming in favour of gender quotas but Diane Wallis has gone all quiet about that now. Jobs for the boys now - you could hardly make this story up."
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