Beith to retire as an MP

A LONG-SERVING MP has announced that he will be standing down in two years’ time.

Liberal Democrat Sir Alan Beith has decided not to seek re-election in 2015. The political stalwart has held the Berwick-upon-Tweed seat since 1973, making him the constituency’s longest-serving MP.

He said: “I intend to continue to be a very active MP over the next two years and look forward to working closely with a candidate for 2015.”

Party Leader and Deputy Prime Minster, Nick Clegg, said: “Sir Alan has been a huge figure in British and both Liberal and Liberal Democrat politics over an astonishing four decades.”