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Truro and Falmouth's MP to stand down at election

Truro and Falmouth's MP to stand down at election

Published by Emma Carton at 7:15am 29th October 2019. (Updated at 11:45am 29th October 2019)

A Cornish MP has announced she will stand down at the next general election.

Truro and Falmouth's Sarah Newton says it is to pursue other interests.

She added that she will continue to work just as hard as the day she was first elected.

Mrs Newton issued the following statement just after the latest vote in the House of Commons.

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"While we don't know when the next General Election will be, it is possible that it will be this year. 

"After much careful thought I have decided not to seek re-election at the forthcoming General Election so that I can pursue other interests. 

"Making this statement now enables the Truro and Falmouth Conservative Association time to select a new Parliamentary candidate. 

"Please be assured that in the time I have left as the local MP I will continue to work as hard as the day I was first elected. 

"It has been a huge honour to represent Truro & Falmouth and I am proud of what I have achieved, working with many dynamic and creative local people in this constituency.

"I am very appreciative of the support that I have been given by many people in this great place".

Sarah Newton MP

Truro and Falmouth Conservatives also issued a statement, wishing Sarah Newton and her family the best for the future.

"We would like to thank Sarah for her exceptional work as our MP and also her service as a Government Minister.

"Sarah won the seat from the Liberal Democrats in 2010 - the first time the Truro constituency had been held by the Conservatives since 1974.

"She has been very visible in the constituency, standing up for residents and actively campaigning on a wide range of local issues.

"We are very sorry Sarah does not wish to seek re-election and wish her, her husband Alan and the family well for the future.

"We will now start a process to select a candidate to build on Sarah's outstanding work".

Alan Dovey, chairman of Truro and Falmouth Conservatives

Jennifer Forbes is fighting the constituency for Labour. She described Sarah Newton as a good constituency MP but warned it was "time for a change."

I'm really passionate about education. I'm really passionate about bringing funding up for Cornish schools to at least the national average.

I am so frustrated about Treliske constantly facing black alerts - so we need to put proper funding into our NHS to free it from privatisation.

The biggest problem we are all facing now - as well as Brexit - is solving climate change.

Jennifer Forbes, Labour candidate, Truro and Falmouth

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