Labour MP Jim Dowd to step down as Lewisham West and Penge MP at general election

PUBLISHED: 09:45 21 April 2017 | UPDATED: 10:04 21 April 2017

Jim Dowd MP

Jim Dowd MP


Mr Dowd has been an MP since 1992

The long-serving MP for Lewisham West and Penge Jim Dowd has announced he will not be defending his seat at the upcoming general election.

Following Theresa May’s announcement on Tuesday, the Labour MP announced his name would not be on a ballot paper when voters go to the polls on June 8.

According to The Mirror, the former whip under Tony Blair had decided 2015 would be his last election at the time, but only told family and close friends.

Mr Dowd first became an MP for Lewisham West in 1992, and following a boundary change at the 2010 election, was elected as MP for the new Lewisham West and Penge constituency.

He told The Mirror: “If a week is a long time in politics then 25 years is an eternity,”

“Now this has come up it would mean going on to 2022 and I would be 72 by then. I would like a few years doing things I choose for myself and family matters.”

He added he was not leaving due to Jeremy Corbyn, but stressed leadership within the party must change.


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