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MP tweets about decision to stand down

The Thanet South MP Laura Sandys has tweeted news of her decision to stand down at the next general election. The Conservative politician pledged to 'work tirelessly' for her constituency until she steps down.

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Between now and 2015 I will continue to work tirelessly for Thanet and its residents - from community groups to personal cases

MP to stand down at 2015 general election

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It is with great sadness that I'm announcing today that I will not be standing at the next general election in 2015 http://t.co/0Q949wtHGb

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Due to changing personal circumstances I cannot combine the level of dedication needed for Thanet, with my growing personal responsibilities

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This is very difficult decision and I want to thank my colleagues, both in Thanet and Parl, who I've worked with to get the best for Thanet

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MPs have been debating the future of live animal exports through the Port of Ramsgate. Animal rights groups, and some MPs want the practice banned after several animals had to be destroyed.

Now the all-party animal welfare committee may investigate the circumstances The MP for the port is the South Thanet's Laura Sandys. Fred Dinenage has been speaking to her about the issue.

Kent MP to lead Commons debate over live animal exports

Protest against live animal exports
Protest against live animal exports through Ramsgate

The MP for South Thanet, Laura Sandys, is to play a key role in a parliamentary debate on the live animal exports trade today. The Conservative politician wants the trade to be banned, but is expected to call for more stringent welfare rules in the meantime - while the trade continues.

Although they were banned following an incident earlier this year, live animal exports have resumed in Ramsgate, part of the MP's constituency in Kent.

The issue has been controversial, with protesters demonstrating at the Port of Ramsgate each time a shipment takes place.

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Live animals exports have come under the spotlight
Laura Sandys MP
Laura Sandys MP to debate live animal exports in Parliament

The MP wants tougher inspections on firms which carry out live animal exports, and hopes stricter rules will make it more difficult to unprofitable to export live animals from the UK.

She said: "We aren't yet going to be able to stop the trade, but we might be able to price it out of the market, I would like all exports to be banned, but it is going to be very difficult to get there.".

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