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Adrian Sanders won't stand as Lib Dem candidate on 8 June

Adrian Sanders was Torbay's MP for 18 years. Photo: PA Images

Adrian Sanders who was Torbay's MP for 18 years between 1997 and 2015, has announced he will not stand as the Liberal Democrat candidate on 8 June.

He was the longest-serving non-Conservative MP in the history of the Parliamentary seat, but after losing to Tory Kevin Foster in 2015, Adrian has said he won't run again.

Adrian Sanders' Parliamentary career in numbers:

4
elections won in a row
9
years as Deputy Chief Whip
17
years on All Party Parliamentary Group on Diabetes

Speaking about the decision:

I have been genuinely touched and surprised at the enormous number of messages of support and offers of help, both physical and financial, to encourage me to stand for election and win back Torbay from the Conservative Party.

It was the greatest honour and privilege to represent my home town in Parliament for 18 years and I thank the voters for allowing me that opportunity. After 73 years in the hands of Conservative MPs, I got elected with a majority of just 12. Not being a career politician I never expected to serve more than one term.

In total I won 4 elections, helped change laws, won extra resources, new services and infrastructure for Torbay, and helped thousands of constituents with their problems.

It had been widely reported that it was my intention, had I been re-elected in 2015, not to contest the election that should take place in 2020.

The 2015 result changed all that and some of the things I was planning on doing post 2020 I am already engaged with. I have discovered a good work life balance and rediscovered what a weekend is, although I still carry out and enjoy a Councillor surgery on a Saturday morning every few weeks.

– Adrian Sanders