Bulwell MP Graham Allen steps down after 30 years

Graham Allen has served as North Nottingham MP for 30 years.
Graham Allen has served as North Nottingham MP for 30 years.

Bulwell MP Graham Allen has announced he is stepping down after 30 years in the post.

The Labour MP, 64, says he has suffered “extensive periods of ill health” and does not feel he will be able to serve for another five years.

Graham, who was first elected in 1987, called it the “hardest decision” of his life.

“I have suffered extended periods of ill health this year with more expected,” he wrote in a letter to his Nottingham North constituents.

“I would have enthusiastically completed the rest of the Parliament to 2020.

“However, the certainty of continuing at the pace and standards that I set myself for a further full five-year term cannot be guaranteed.”