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Comments on decision by ex-Bury South MP to step down from Euro job

Date published: 24 June 2007

Commenting on the decision by former Bury South MP, David Sumberg, not to seek re-election to the European Parliament in 2009, Cllr. Michelle Wiseman said: “David has a had remarkable history in the Conservative Party, from when he began as a Conservative Councillor, through his time as MP for Bury South and, since 1999, as Euro MP for the North West.  

“He has retained strong links with many people and organizations in Bury and I know many people will be sorry to hear of his decision.  I wish him all the best for the future,” added Michelle.

“Ten years in the European Parliament is long enough,” said Mr Sumberg.  “This is particularly so for me as someone who is not a signed-up member of the European project.  It is no secret that unlike most of my MEP colleagues, I do not support a more centralised and federal European Union.”

Mr Sumberg added:  “If I leave the European Parliament in 2009, I will be only 68 and will therefore have the opportunity to seek pastures new in the political and non-political worlds.  I shall also look forward to seeing more of my family after nearly twenty-five years of political life.”