Thursday, November 16, 2006

LibDem MP Announces Retirement

LibDem Voice (God, their second name-check today) is reporting that LibDem MP Paul Keetch is to stand down at the next election. He has a majority of 982 over the Conservatives. Virginia Taylor has fought the seat twice before and the Conservatives are currently selecting their candidate for next time. This news will certainly make the selection a tad more interesting.

15 comments:

jimthechimp said...

Paul Keetch retiring? He's like, 40 years old? Maybe he's seen the writing on the walls of Hereford Cathedral and he knows, like Mark Oaten, that he ought to elect for voluntary retirement before the electors retire him into voluntary work. Virgina poshperson who was the candidate before is a very nice woman and I hope she gets the seat again. She's got what the Ozzie's call spunk. Or what Oaten calls vanilla.

Henry, Hereford said...

Yes, Yes, Yes! I can't believe Virginia Taylor didn't succeed in ousting this waste of space. It is a shame that he is jumping before he is pushed. Not seeing him crying into his roset on election night is a sight I shall never see. I only hope that the removal of this unpopular local MP does not help the Lib Dems keep the seat.

Peter Hitchens said...

who/what has he been caught shagging or stealing?

i spy strangers said...

Yes, especially since (as I understand it) Virginia isn't in the frame this time. What price Howard Flight?

Cllr Iain Lindley said...

Keetch is clearly following in the footsteps of Estelle Morris and John Grogan. I believe it's known as "stepping down because you know you'd lose if you ran again"...

Anonymous said...

Iain, This isn't a very interesting post.

Can't you do one about RKS on "Question Time" that well known stage-managed nonsense on the Beeb?

Anonymous said...

There must be something "on" Keetch. Well done the Tory Diggers or whoever it was who found it out.

Croydonian said...

He's all of a year older than our host....

Anonymous said...

God the Conservatives are tawdry. Keetch has obviously not been that unpopular if he's beaten the Tories repeatedly - or are they just totally hated? Maybe he just wants to do something else?

So what goss have we got on Tim Boswell and Michael Spicer? Decrepit or Pervs? Or both?

Winchester whisperer said...

According to Victoria, they want a male candidate.

barry monk said...

Hereford is an unusual constituency in that it is an army town, so defence issues (including Iraq and Afghanistan) have a disproportionate influence. Keetch was, if I recall, the LD defence spokesman

Anonymous said...

>Well done the Tory Diggers or whoever it was who found it out.

He actually announced it himself last night at his local party meeting .... but I would like to know - is there any juicy gossip?
jeremycj - it is of interest to us country bumpkins.

henry, hereford said...

Being an "army" town has nothing to do with it, especially since the base at ..........(if you want to know where wait til another "Bravo Two Zero" comes out) isn't supposed to exist.

Keetch has been on the wrong side of a number of very important local issues. The fact that the Tories don't have a candidate to make hay is a real shame.

In any case, Hereford must be won if we are to return to power, and would mean that Herefordshire and Worcester are both blue.

Anonymous said...

I hail from East Kent. I presume that isn't country bumpkin enough for you Anonmymous?

Anonymous said...

gossip about keetch? Good god the man's practically in line for beatification, Allegedly. I reckon mr hitchens got it right, allegedly - only surprised he didn't add 'this time' onto the end. Allegedly.