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MP to stand down after 18 years

PUBLISHED: 14:08 12 October 2009 | UPDATED: 09:46 12 August 2010

RETIRED: Orpington MP John Horam.

RETIRED: Orpington MP John Horam.

AN MP who has held his seat for 18 years is standing down at the next election. Orpington MP John Horam, who was elected in 1992, informed

AN MP who has held his seat for 18 years is standing down at the next election.

Orpington MP John Horam, who was elected in 1992, informed Orpington Conservative Association last Friday (October 9) that he would not contest the next election.

He said: "It has been a great honour and pleasure representing Orpington,but I will have done the job for 18 years by the next election,and it is time for someone else to take over."

He won his seat four times in a row and at the last election he converted a majority of 269 into one of nearly 5,000.

Mr Horam was a Minister in John Major's Government and since then has chaired the Commons Environmental Audit Committee and been a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee (FSC).

He voted against the war in Iraq and in his role for the FSC helped compile a damning report into the government's handling of the Afghanistan war.

He said his greatest achievement was campaigning for and accomplishing the building of the Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough.

He also campaigned to protect the Green Belt and against expansion into scheduled services at Biggin Hill Airport. He is President of the Orpington Public Transport Users Association and President of Orpington Football Club.

MP for Beckenham Jacqui Lait is also standing down in the next General Election, expected to take place in May, meaning the borough will have two new MPs.

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