North Dorset MP Announces He Will Step Down
4:26pm 5th December 2014
After nearly 18 years in parliament, North Dorset's MP Bob Walter is stepping down ahead of the next general election.
The 71 year old isn't walking away from politics altogether but he does feel it's time for a younger Conservative politician to try and fill his shoes.
He said: "It has been an honour and a privilege to serve the people of North Dorset for the last 17 years as their elected Member of Parliament. Stepping down has been a very difficult decision and not one I have taken lightly.
"However, I want the best for my constituents and am now confident that a new Conservative MP will be better able, by the end of the next parliament, to withstand the rigors of what is undoubtedly a 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week job. They will have my full support.
"I and my team in Westminster and at my Blandford constituency office will, of course, continue to represent and provide assistance to all constituents who have need of it up until 7 May 2015, when a new MP for North Dorset will be elected."
Bob was elected back in 1997 and in 2010 managed to increase his majority.