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Sir Greg to step down as MP at next election

East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight has announced he will not be seeking re-election to Parliament at the next General Election.

Having served the constituents of East Yorkshire for the past 22 years as a Conservative MP, Sir Greg has decided to step down at the next election, which is not due to take place until January 2025, at the latest.
Work to select a new Conservative candidate is now underway.

Sir Greg will continue to fulfil his commitments throughout the remainder of the current Parliament.

He told the Wolds Weekly that it has been an honour and a privilege to represent East Yorkshire in Parliament.

He said: “I am not stepping down from my existing commitments, but I am announcing now that I am not intending to seek a mandate beyond the end of this Parliament.

“There are other activities that I wish to pursue, and I feel that the next election is the time for someone else to take over the role of representing this beautiful part of the country at Westminster.

“It has been both an honour and a privilege to represent East Yorkshire in Parliament.

“There have been many challenges and not all battles have been won but I am pleased that in many individual cases I have been able to use my experience as a solicitor to help countless local people to resolve their problems.”

He gave his thanks to the people of East Yorkshire and his colleagues in the East Yorkshire Conservatives for their support over the years.

“I wish to thank the public for their support at the ballot box and also the members of the East Yorkshire Constituency Conservative Association for the tremendous support I have received over the past 22 years.

It has been a joy to work with so many talented councillors and hard-working local officers,” he said.

“For the remainder of this Parliament I intend to continue to help, support and assist the people of East Yorkshire in any way that I can.

“I have full confidence in Rishi Sunak’s leadership, and I expect our country to ‘bounce back’ and recover shortly from the present world-wide economic challenges.”

Having qualified as a solicitor in 1973, Sir Greg began his political career as a Leicester City councillor and Leicestershire County councillor from 1976 until 1981.

Prior to his election in Yorkshire East in 2001, between 1983 and 1997 he represented the Labour stronghold of Derby North, becoming the first Conservative MP to win the seat.

In Parliament, Sir Greg has served as a Minister in the Governments of three Prime Ministers, Margaret Thatcher, John Major and David Cameron, in varied roles including as Deputy Chief Whip, Minister of State for Industry and as Vice-Chamberlain of the Royal Household, a post that involved liaising with the monarch concerning events occurring in Parliament.

During the 2005-10 Parliament, he served on six Select Committees, a feat which no other MP has achieved, as well as chairing the House of Commons Procedure Committee.

Sir Greg is one of only a small number of MPs to have succeeded in changing the law through the Private Member’s Bill procedure.

In 2011 he successfully piloted through Parliament the Estates of Deceased Persons (Forfeiture Rule and Law of Succession) Act and in 2019 he successfully took his second Private Members Bill, the Parking (Code of Practice) Act through all its Parliamentary stages to curb unreasonable practices and exorbitant parking charges, due to come into effect soon.

In 1995 he was made a member of the Privy Council and in 2013 he was knighted for his political service.

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