Dave Anderson, the Member of Parliament for Blaydon and Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland and for Northern Ireland has announced that he will not be standing as a Labour candidate in the forthcoming General Election.

Mr Anderson, who has served as MP for Blaydon for 12 years said:

“The calling of this election is nothing more than a cynical attempt by the Tories to put their interests before our country. However, the decision has been made and I welcome the chance to take Labour’s case out to the people of Blaydon. We’ll show them that there is a different, more positive and hopeful way to run our country than that proposed by the right-wing, anti-public service and pro-austerity Tory Party."

Dave Anderson

He added:

“I have reluctantly decided that for reasons of health, age and my family’s needs, I cannot commit to another five years in Parliament. To that end I will stand down, but I will be campaigning hard with our new candidate and the positive policy platform put forward by our Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and the whole Labour movement.”

Dave Anderson