Beith bids farewell to Commons after 41 years’ service

Sir Alan Beith MP and  Baroness  Diana Maddock. Ref: JCNG cleggbeith 3
Sir Alan Beith MP and Baroness Diana Maddock. Ref: JCNG cleggbeith 3

Retiring Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith has given his farewell speech to the House of Commons after more than 41 years in Parliament.

Sir Alan has served the constituency, which stretches to the north of Morpeth, since November 1973, winning 11 elections.

In his final Commons’ speech, he said: “My primary concerns in that time have been those of my constituents in the over 100 towns and villages which make up the Berwick constituency.

“Like many Members, I have derived real satisfaction from helping constituents who have been ill-served by the bureaucracy of state or local government, or by powerful private businesses.

“In political life, there are things we know we have helped to achieve, and they are the things we know would not have happened but for our own efforts. In that category I place examples like the dualling of the A1, the new high school being built in Alnwick, and the fact that the RAF has kept its crucial command and control and training facilities at RAF Boulmer.”

Sir Alan also spoke of his pride in being a supporter of the coalition Government.

I have derived real satisfaction from helping constituents who have been ill-served by the bureaucracy of state or local government, or by powerful private businesses.

Sir Alan Beith

He concluded: “My final word must be one of thanks, to the staff in every department of the House, to the staff in my Westminster and constituency offices, to all those volunteers who have given me so much help over the years, to my colleagues and friends in the Liberal Democrats, and to the electors of my constituency.”