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Selly Oak MP steps down after 27 years in ‘difficult decision’ after ‘much deliberation’

Selly Oak MP Steve McCabe says he has made the “difficult decision” to stand down from his post to “make room for someone new”. The Labor MP will not stand in this year’s general election on July 4.

The 68-year-old represented Hall Green from 1997 to 2010 and Selly Oak from 2010. He said the last 14 years of Tory government had been “tough” but he was “convinced” Keir Starmer “will bring about change” .




Mr McCabe issued a statement last night thanking everyone who has supported and voted for him since he has been a member of parliament. He said his decision to step down came after “much deliberation”.

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He added: “I have taken the difficult decision to stand down as Member of Parliament for Birmingham Selly Oak and make way for someone new. It has been a privilege to serve the Hall Green and then Selly Oak constituencies in the past. 27 years old.

“I have always tried to be a hardworking and honest constituency MP. This was a difficult decision, but I have often said that I hope I know when to go.

“I am convinced that Keir Starmer is the man to bring about that change. He will lead a government that puts the public interest first and will deliver the change the country needs.”

Steve McCabe’s statement in full

“After much deliberation, I have taken the difficult decision to stand down as Member of Parliament for Birmingham Selly Oak and make way for someone new. It was a privilege to serve the constituencies of Hall Green and then Selly Oak. the last 27 years.

“I have worked with many caring and talented people from all kinds of backgrounds who want the best for our communities and to make a difference. I am incredibly proud of the achievements of the Blair and Brown governments, innovative policies such as the minimum wage, Sure Start, neighborhood policing, record spending on the NHS and civil partnerships to name but a few.

“Representing the communities of Brandwood, Billesley, Bournville, Druids Heath, Selly Oak, Stirchley and Hall Green has been the honor of my life. We worked together to tackle rogue landlords, to save Katie Road NHS Walk-in Centre, to protect our premises. libraries and more.

“The last 14 years have been hard. I have seen the damage done to so many of our public services and the impact of government decisions on the people they represent. Our country is in desperate need of change.

“I have always tried to be a hardworking and honest constituency MP. This was a difficult decision, but I have often said that I hope I know when to go.

“I am committed to Keir Starmer’s Labor Party and his vision for our country and I look forward to playing my part in delivering a Labor government. I want to express my gratitude to all the party members and volunteers who have supported me over the years. and the people who have voted me to represent them in a total of seven general elections. It was an honor.”

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