Our wonderful and hugely respected MP, Sir Mike Penning, has informed the Chairman of the Association and the Executive Council of his plans to retire at the next General Election.
Sir Mike said:
“It is with great sadness that I have come to one of the most difficult decisions of my life. After careful discussions with my wife Angie and daughters Adele and Abby, I have decided to retire from frontline politics at the next election.
“I have spoken to both the Prime Minister and my local constituency Conservative Party Chair and announced it to my Constituency Executive.
“The trust that the local Conservative membership showed in me back in 2001 when they selected me as their candidate for the next election has been unwavering. The subsequent result, when we won the Hemel Hempstead seat in 2005 by 499 votes, and the faith the electorate has shown me at every subsequent election over the last 17 years has been humbling.
“There can be no greater honour than to be asked to serve your community and your country, but there comes a time when everybody needs to come to terms with the facts of life. I will be 67 at the next election and whilst I have by no means reached my ‘sell by date’, I may be described as having reached my ‘best before date’ and it is now time to allow a new candidate to come forward.
“Naturally, I will continue to serve as hard as ever for my constituents and fight for them until my last day as an MP.”
It is expected that the next General Election will be in May 2024. We won’t be starting any part of the selection process for our new candidate for Member of Parliament until the boundary commission has completed its work and we know what the new Hemel Hempstead constituency will be. This will be no earlier than March 2023.
We all give your heartfelt thanks to Sir Milke for all he has done for us as a Party, and on behalf of the residents of Hemel Hempsted over the last 20 plus years.