Francis Maude has called it a ‘huge privilege’ to serve as Horsham’s MP, as he announced he is stepping down at this year’s General Election.
Writing to the chairman of the Horsham Conservative Association Mr Maude explained he would not be seeking re-election in May as he believed ‘now is the right time to make way for a younger candidate to carry the Conservative flag in Horsham’.
He backed the Tories under Prime Minister David Cameron to form the next Government, and said the next election would offer a simple choice between ‘Conservative competence and Labour chaos’.
In his letter he said: “It has been a huge privilege to serve as Horsham’s MP since 1997. I am enormously grateful to you and to our local party members for such tremendous support over that period.
“It has been a pleasure to work with you all. I love this part of West Sussex, which has been my family home for nearly 20 years, and where our children have grown up; and it has been a real honour to serve its people.”
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