A Lancashire MP has shocked her supporters by announcing she is standing down at the next election.
Lorraine Fullbrook, the Conservative member for South Ribble, has announced she will stand down the next time the nation goes to the ballot box in less than two years.
Mrs Fullbrook, 54, informed her local association executive of her decision at their meeting on Friday, held at Leyland Conservative Club.
Citing personal reasons, Mrs Fullbrook, who defeated Labour rival David Borrow for the seat in May 2010, informed the association that she had written to the Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday morning advising him of her decision.
She pledged her continued support for both her constituents and the Prime Minister: “I intend to both serve out my term as a loyal and dedicated member of your Parliamentary team, and as a committed constituency Member.”
In her speech, she explained her decision and confirmed that she would be working on behalf of her constituents right up until the General Election.