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Sir Tony Cunningham says 'the time is right' to retire

After a career as a councillor, mayor, MEP and MP - the knight, Sir Tony Cunningham has decided to retire from Westminster at the next election.

The Workington MP said he wanted to spend more time with his family, particularly his young son.

Our Political Correspondent Paul Brand caught up with him in his constituency as he announced his decision.

Trivia: Sir Tony Cunningham's varied career

Sir Tony Cunningham received his Knighthood in 2012 Credit: PA
  • Sir Tony was born in Workington in 1952 and has spent most of his life there, working as a teacher before going into politics.
  • His political career began locally, serving as Mayor of Workington and Leader of Allerdale Council in the 1990s.
  • In 1994 he was elected to the European Parliament where he developed an interest in international development.
  • In 1995 he published the Cunningham Report, which was the first report to call for the complete and outright ban of landmines.
  • Before becoming an MP in 2001, he briefly worked as Chief Executive of the human rights organisation Indict, looking at authoritarian regimes such as Saddam Hussein's rule in Iraq.
  • In his spare time Sir Tony is an avid sports fan, playing rugby and football and running regularly. While living in Zanzibar he even played first division soccer.


Sir Tony Cunningham: time right to retire

by Paul Brand
Sir Tony says the time is right to stand down Credit: John Stillwell/PA Archive/Press Association Images

At the next election, Sir Tony Cunningham will be 62.

After a long career in politics as a councillor, MEP, MP and government whip, he ITV Border "the time just feels right to go."

There will be many in Labour eyeing it up as the party now searches for a new candidate.


Sir Tony Cunningham to stand down at next election

by Paul Brand
Workington MP Sir Tony Cunningham
Workington MP Sir Tony Cunningham has decided to stand down at the next election Credit: Sean Dempsey/ PA

The Workington MP Sir Tony Cunningham has decided to stand down at the next election after thirteen years in parliament.

Sir Tony told ITV Border on Thursday that he wanted to spend more time with his family.

Anti-psychotic medication lost in Workington

A quantity of medication has been lost in Workington.

The anti-psychotic tablets went missing at sometime on Tuesday, 24 June, in the Station Road area, leading towards Park Lane Clinic.

The medication, Quetiapin, is described as being packaged in blister packs, in a green and white box.

These drugs could cause harm if they are taken by people who do not medically require them.

Police are urging anyone who may find medication that does not belong to them to take it to their nearest police station or pharmacy.

Woman attacked in Workington graveyard

Police are appealing for information after a woman was assaulted in a graveyard in Workington.

The 52-year-old woman was attacked by an unknown man between 4.30 and 5pm on Wednesday 18 June in the graveyard of St Michael’s church, Dora Crescent.

She was left with injuries to her face and broken ribs.

Anyone who was in the area at the time - or who may have information that could help - should contact Cumbria Police on 101 and speak to PC Judith Mennim.

Tall ships leave West Cumbria this evening

Four tall ships that have been in Whitehaven Marina and Workington harbour are setting sail this evening.

They will head for Belfast before ending their journey at Liverpool on June 26th.

Two of the masted ships – the Mist of Avalon and the Maybe – arrived in Whitehaven harbour yesterday and have been open for the public to go on board and have a look around.

There's also been Chay Blyth’s Ocean Racing Yacht, a continental market and street theatre as part of a Tall Ships Weekend.

One of the ships at Whitehaven is carrying Sellafield apprentices the other has apprentices from United Utilities.

The companies have sponsored the young people to take part.Workington's ship is The Pelican which as been at the Port of Workington, because it is too big for Whitehaven’s harbour.

“Our apprentices are hugely important to us and we have an extensive apprenticeship programme in place across all our terminals.

“This experience will be something completely different for them, but they will learn a great deal about team work, which is an integral part of our approach.

“It is important to us that we help each and every one of them develop their career within the industry. We also encourage them to develop themselves as individuals, helping build their confidence and communication skills, which are just as important as the technical skills.”

– David Huck from Peel Ports, one of the company's supporting the event.
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