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VIDEO: "Time To Put My Family First" - York MP Hugh Bayley To Stand Down

Hugh Bayley

12:00am 5th December 2014
(Updated 6:52am 5th December 2014)

York Central MP Hugh Bayley has told Minster FM "it's time to put my family first" as he announces he is stepping down at the general election in May.

He will be sixty three years old at the 2015 election and first stood to represent York in 1987, before achieving victory in the general election of 1992.

Hugh Bayley has just completed a two year term heading a group of MPs from NATO countries, pushing the international military organisation to be more open and transparent. He had been Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons in 2010 and had been a social security minister in Tony Blair's government.

Hugh Bayley MP says:

"It has been a tremendous privilege to represent York in Parliament for 22 years, which is much longer than I expected when I was first elected in 1992.

"There is never a good time to stand down.  I didn't want to announce my departure while doing the NATO job because I was pushing NATO to publish its accounts and audit reports, which they have now agreed, but they might have avoided the decision if they'd thought I was about to go.  But it is now agreed and I think it is time to pass the baton to someone else.

"My family have been tremendously supportive, and very tolerant about me working long hours, often seven days a week, but now I want to put them first.

"It's too early to start thanking all the many people who have supported me over the years.  I haven't gone yet, and I will still give the job everything I've got over the next six months.  I've lots of unfinished business that I still want to do.

"And, of course, I'll be working closely with Labour's candidate for York Central to win the election in May."

VIDEO: Watch an interview of Hugh Bayley speaking to Minster FM's Kevin Larkin below:



Labour politicians have paid their tributes to Hugh Bayley's work as he announces his decision to stand down in May.

The Leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband MP, said:

“Hugh has been a fantastic Member of Parliament, serving the people of York for over 22 years, and serving as a Government Minister in the newly elected Labour government as Social Security Minister.

“Parliament will miss his integrity and will be the weaker for the loss of his expertise on international development and international relations.

“I wish Hugh and his family all the best for the future and on behalf of the Labour Party I would like thank him for his tireless dedication to social justice.”

The leader of York Council, Labour councillor James Alexander, who will himself stand down later this month also paid tribute:

"Hugh has been incredibly supportive of me in my capacity as Labour Leader of City of York Council. I thank him for the wisdom and care he has given to me over the years. His dedication to York has been remarkable and it will be difficult for anyone to fill his shoes."

The Chair of the York Labour Party Viv Kind said:

"Hugh has been a conscientious and dedicated MP. He has done an excellent job of balancing his representation of individual residents and the wider York community with his support for Labour locally and nationally. We thank him for his commitment and hard work and wish him and his family well for the future. 

“City of York Labour Party will commit its support to a new candidate, and York Central's Labour MP in May 2015."


See the full reaction video from Hugh Bayley Here:


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