Mark Hunter MP stands aside as Lib Dem Deputy Chief Whip

October 13, 2014 6:04 PM

Cheadle MP, Mark Hunter, has today announced that he is standing aside as Liberal Democrat Deputy Chief Whip, a position he has held since the Coalition Government was formed in May 2010. Mark Hunter Best Headshot

In a letter to the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Mark explained that it had been a privilege to serve but that with Parliament returning after conference recess, now was a sensible time to move on.

Commenting, Mark said:

'It has been a real source of pride to serve for four and a half years as a member of the coalition government, and I remain proud of the Liberal Democrats' achievements over that period. We have faced many difficult decisions as a party but I believe it was the right choice, in the circumstances, to form the coalition and provide the political stability necessary for economic recovery to take place.

'It was never my intention to serve in the same post for the duration of the Parliament and now is an appropriate moment to step aside.

'My first priority has been, remains, and always will be, to serve my constituents to the best of my ability and I intend to carry on doing just that for as long as I am able.'

In response, the Deputy Prime Minister paid tribute to Mark's contribution, writing in a letter:

'I am very grateful for all the work you have put in over the past four and a half years in government. You have made a major contribution to the first peace time coalition government in 70 years, ensuring through your work as our Deputy Chief whip in the House of Commons, that the coalition government has been able to deliver its business through parliament, often in very challenging circumstances.

'Throughout your time in office you have shown immense dedication and loyalty for which the party and I personally owe you a great debt of gratitude.'

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