Veteran Barnet politician Andrew Dismore has announced he will not be standing as Labour’s candidate for Hendon in the forthcoming general election.
Mr Dismore, who held the seat for 13 years before losing it to a majority of just 160 in 2010 and again by around 2,000 in 2015, said he had taken the decision “for personal reasons.”
The 62-year-old, who is currently London Assembly member for Barnet and Camden, said he had been contacted by Labour Party members and local residents urging him to stand. But he said: “I have to think ahead and whether I would still want to be an MP in 2022. It takes a lot out of you.
“The other problem is that I have three years to go in my term on the London Assembly and by-elections cost half-a-million quid which is a lot of money for the public purse!”
Mr Dismore was keeping tight-lipped about his potential replacement, but said he believed Labour would perform well in the Hendon seat given that the majority of residents voted to remain in the EU and that current MP Matthew Offord (Conservative) voted for Brexit. He said cuts to school budgets and policing would also affect support for the Conservatives.
He added: "Rest assured I remain your London Assembly member and will of course continue to serve you and the people of Barnet and Camden in that capacity to the best of my ability."