Evidently a man who can see which way the wind is blowing, Redcar MP Ian Swales is to stand down at the next General Election.
The Liberal Democrat, who was elected in 2010, said the decision was due to “personal reasons”.
He stood for the Lib Dems in Redcar at the 2005 General Election and finished second.
But in 2010, it was a very different story, overturning a 12,000 Labour majority to take the seat from under-fire Vera Baird in one of the shock results of the night.
At the time, he said: “My whole intention in this is to be a strong local MP, based here, going off to London to work when I have to, and using my position to work hard for local people.”
But even a recent internal Lib Dem poll suggested his efforts would prove in vain at the 2015 General Election.
The survey suggested he might end up THIRD behind Labour’s Anna Turley and Ukip – even though 56% of the 500 people surveyed felt he was doing a good job in the role.
Source – Middlesbrough Evening Gazette, 12 July 2014