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Steve Webb won’t be standing for Parliament again

Sad news about Steve Webb, who was one of the most successful Lib Dem ministers, oversaw major and welcome pension reforms and was rightly called the best pensions minister in a generation:

Liberal Democrat Mr Webb, who was defeated by Conservative Luke Hall in the 2015 General Election, has decided not to put himself forward for selection and said a new candidate was needed to lead the community and try to rebuild the country.

Mr Webb, who served as the area’s MP for 18 years, said: “The country is going through massive trauma, which will have huge effects on our lives here in Thornbury and Yate.

“With talk of a ‘snap’ General Election in the air, I wanted to contact members personally to let them know that after much reflection, I have decided that we need a new candidate to lead our community through a long period of transition and play their role in helping our country rebuild.”

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