With real sadness, I have made the difficult decision to stand down at the next election - and I am conscious that that could be very soon. It has been an enormous honour to serve the people of North Norfolk in Parliament. I am very grateful for the trust people have shown in me.
I will miss so much of what I have done over the last 18 years but I now want to play a role, outside Parliament, pursuing the causes I care deeply about.
As a first step, Mary and I are today launching a Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund aimed at supporting people here in Norfolk, administered by the Norfolk Community Foundation. I am also exploring the potential for a national fund to promote equality for mental health and for those with learning disability and autism. This is a global cause for human rights, justice, and equal treatment. I am keen to support people doing outstanding work, transforming people’s lives and to promote research into new approaches which could lead to transformational change. If you would like to contribute to the local fund, you can click here: https://www.norfolkfoundation.com/giving-phi…/mental-health/.
I am immensely grateful to everyone who has helped me win in North Norfolk and to get re-elected four times. North Norfolk Liberal Democrats have shown an amazing loyalty to me and to what I have tried to achieve. It means a lot. I am also deeply indebted to my brilliant staff, past and present, for their extraordinary dedication, commitment and patience. Thank you all for everything you have done to support me over the years as the Member of Parliament for North Norfolk.