Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Blaydon's Labour MP Anderson Will Not Fight Election

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Blaydon's Labour MP Anderson Will Not Fight Election

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DAVE Anderson, MP for Blaydon and Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Scotland, will not seek re-election on June 8. The 63-year-old Labour politician and former miner and social worker has represented the constituency since 2005.

Citing personal and health reasons, the veteran left-winger has confirmed he will step away from the political scene.

He had privately been eyeing up the 2020 election as a possible retirement date but the timing of the election has given him cause to bring that decision forward.

Mr Anderson said: "The calling of this election is nothing more than a cynical attempt by the Tories to put their interests before our country.

"However, the decision has been made and I welcome the chance to take Labour's case out to the people of Blaydon. We'll show them that there is a different, more positive and hopeful way to run our country than that proposed by the rightwing, anti-public service and proausterity Tory Party.

"I have reluctantly decided that for reasons of health, age and my family's needs, I cannot commit to another five years in Parliament. "To that end I will stand down, but I will be campaigning hard with our new candidate and the positive policy platform put forward by our Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and the whole Labour movement."

Born in Sunderland in 1953, he was educated at Maltby Grammar, Durham & Doncaster Technical Colleges and Durham University. He spent the first half of his early working life as a coal miner and then as a social care worker.

Mr Anderson spent the years between 1969 and 1989 at the coal face of four different collieries and was heavily involved in the miner's strike.

He was active in the NUM throughout his time as a miner and began to work as a trade union representative in 1990 for Unison. Mr Anderson also played a significant role in the Northern Ireland peace process through the trade union movement, working to encourage employment over sectarian lines. …

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