FORMER Stafford MP David Kidney has ruled out a return to frontline politics saying it is too highly pressurised.
As the borough’s Labour party prepares to start its selection process for a candidate for the next general election Mr Kidney told the Newsletter he felt too old to stand again.
Mr Kidney was elected in 1997 and stood for 13 years before losing his seat to Jeremy Lefroy in 2010.
He said: “When I was MP I found the work to be physically and mentally very demanding. By the time of the next General Election I will be 60 and I don’t feel it is
right for me to be starting over again in that particular high pressure arena.
“When the voters elected someone else in 2010 I was made unemployed and I applied for many jobs.
"I was fortunate to be selected for my current job working on environmental concerns, something that for me is both a personal and political pri- ority.”
Mr Kidney still lives in Stafford and is the secretary of Labour’s local govern- ment committee and says he still wants to help residents.
“I shall of course take part in the selection of Labour’s candidate to contest the Stafford constituency at the next General Election and whoever is chosen can rely on my support.
“I do thank everyone in Stafford constituency who has ever voted for me, given me their support and helped me in other ways.”
Stafford Labour Party will begin their selection process at their annual general meeting next month.
Mr Kidney said: “There are lots of people locally who are talented and I think there will be interest wider than that.
"To me I have always put a lot of store on living in the constituency I represented.”