Margaret Beckett to retire from Parliament at next election after 48 years

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Margaret Beckett, 79, who was archetypal pistillate Foreign Secretary volition measurement down from Parliament astatine adjacent predetermination 48 years aft archetypal becoming an MP

  • Dame Margaret Beckett confirmed she volition not basal astatine the adjacent wide election
  • The Derby South MP was archetypal elected successful 1974 and has won 11 of 13 campaigns
  • Beckett, present 79, said it had been an 'honour' to service radical successful her constituency 
  • Last twelvemonth the seasoned politician's hubby Lionel died aged 95

By William Cole For Mailonline

Published: 09:24 GMT, 26 March 2022 | Updated: 09:24 GMT, 26 March 2022

Dame Margaret Beckett has announced that she volition not basal astatine the adjacent wide election, 48 years aft archetypal being elected to Parliament.

The Derby South MP told her section Labour Party past nighttime that she would not inquire for their votes erstwhile the adjacent predetermination is called.

The 79-year-old was the archetypal pistillate to beryllium made Foreign Secretary successful Tony Blair's government, and concisely served arsenic the Leader of the Opposition following the decease of John Smith successful 1994.

She contested the enactment enactment the aforesaid year, losing retired to Blair. 

First elected to Lincoln successful the precocious 1974 general, she has been returne...

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