For the last four years, it has been an honour and a privilege to represent the people of North Warwickshire & Bedworth as both a constituency MP and a national legislator.
Before becoming an MP I served in the Army for nine years, deploying on operational tours in Bosnia and Kosovo. By the time of the 2015 General Election, serving my country will have been the primary focus of my professional life for some 14 years. For myself and for my family, whose support and understanding have been unerring throughout, I believe it is now time to move on to new challenges. I will therefore not be standing for re-election in 2015.
As I hoped it would be, my time in Parliament has been hard work but uniquely rewarding. I am proud of what we have achieved as a Government - putting Britain back on the road to recovery following the worst economic collapse the country has ever faced. I am particularly grateful for the personal contribution I have had the opportunity to make, as a member of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee; Chair of three active All Party Parliamentary Groups; on the Bill Committee of the Energy Act 2014; and as the sponsor of an historic Private Members Bill on House of Lords Reform.
With almost a year still to go before the General Election, I remain absolutely committed to my constituents and to tackling the important issues that face us locally, such as HS2, ensuring that the George Eliot Hospital has a safe and secure future, and building on our recent successes in the local economy. It will be business as usual in North Warwickshire & Bedworth for Team Dan.
This has by no means been an easy decision, and I owe a great debt of gratitude to my parliamentary and constituency staff who have worked so tirelessly for the last four years on behalf of local people. I would also like to thank all of the local Conservative Party volunteers and councillors. Without their support, successfully overturning 18 years of Labour incumbency to return a Conservative MP with a significantly above average swing would simply not have been possible. My Conservative successor is extremely fortunate to inherit such a dedicated and experienced team. I will of course work closely with everyone to ensure a smooth handover and the best chance of success in 2015.
Statement from North Warwickshire Conservative Association
Naturally we are saddened that Dan will not be standing for re-election next year and to be losing a very good constituency MP.
We would like to put on record our thanks for his work in North Warwickshire & Bedworth and for representing residents and the Party so capably as MP over the last 4 years.
North Warwickshire Conservatives will now be selecting a new candidate to build on the hard work that the Party has done both locally and nationally. With the economy growing, employment at an all-time high, income tax cut, fuel duty frozen and crime falling we have achieved a great deal since forming the Government. But there is still more to do. As always the Conservative Party will stand up for hardworking people who want to get on in life, and we will stand up for residents in North Warwickshire & Bedworth.
With the country now going in the right direction, after Labour left it in such a mess, we believe it is vital that we re-elect a Conservative as Member of Parliament for North Warwickshire & Bedworth to help ensure that the Conservative Party return to Government in 2015.