Friday, 19 February 2010
Purnell Standing Down
James Purnell, MP for Stalybridge and Hyde, Greater Manchester, has announced he will leave Parliament at the general election.
He quit as work and pensions secretary after last year's local and European elections, calling for Gordon Brown to resign as prime minister. He had hoped other colleagues would join him but none wanted to put the country before their careers.
Peter Mandelson said he was 'sad' about him going as an MP. He's obviously very upset as you will gather from the glowing accolade.
Wise move from Purnell though. He possibly realises Labour will lose the election and doesn't want to spend years in the wilderness. I had him earmarked for Labour leader at one time too!
Let's hope his domestic habits have improved now he has decided to move back to the real world.