Sir Bob Russell, who has lost his Colchester seat, said he was "obviously disappointed".
He added: "I've had a fantastic innings - 18 years. I regard this very similar as being a park footballer who finds himself playing in the Premiership and football careers don't last 18 years so I've done pretty well."
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Figures from NHS England show Colchester Hospital had the most so-called "never events" in the country.
"Never events" are errors which could have been prevented if guidance was followed - meaning they should never happen.
Between April 2014 and March 2015, the hospital trust had nine incidents in that category.
Five involved foreign objects being left inside patients after surgery. The other incidents included one case of a wrong implant or prosthesis and three incidents of "wrong-site surgery".
"Health care can be very complex and we do sometimes make mistakes. In those circumstances, it’s essential that we’re open and honest about them and, importantly, use them as learning opportunities that will help us to improve our services and make them safer.
"The trust proactively encourages all staff to be open and to report incidents, and has a ‘no blame’ policy so that learning can take place to prevent recurrence."
Mid Essex Hospitals Trust, which runs Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, had seven incidents.
The trust said it was "very disappointed to have never events recorded" but was committed to learning from any mistakes.
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Police have arrested two men in connection with an assault on a man in Colchester.
The victim, who's in his 30s, was found unconscious near the Dirty Penguin pub in St John's Street just before 2.50am on Saturday, April 11.
He's currently in Addenbrookes Hospital in a critical but stable condition as a result of head injuries.
Two men aged 25 and 23, both from Colchester, were arrested last night on suspicion of assault and are being questioned by police.
A man is seriously ill in hospital after being found unconscious by a pub in Colchester.
The man in his 30’s, was found near the Dirty Penguin pub in St John's Street just before 2.50am this morning (Saturday 11th April) . He was helped by door staff from the pub who called the emergency services. He's been taken to Addenbrookes Hospital with head injuries.
It's believed the man may have been assaulted by a group of men. Police are reviewing CCTV and the area was cordoned off whilst forensic investigations take place.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer has been defending the Conservatives' housing record during a visit to the region on Good Friday.
George Osborne was in Colchester looking a new housing development.
The visit came the day after around 7 million people watched the leaders' debate on ITV on Thursday night.
Malcolm Robertson's been getting reaction in the Essex town.
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