THE MP for Chelmsford has announced his retirement as an MP at the next General Election in 2020.
Sir Simon Burns MP was elected in Chelmsford in 1987 and has been MP there ever since.
He has also served as a Minister of State for Transport and earlier as Health Minister.
The 63-year-old was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List last year in recognition for his parliamentary and political service
Commenting on his retirement, Sir Simon Burns MP said: “At the next General Election in May 2020, I will have had the honour to represent the people of Chelmsford in the House of Commons for 33 years and I will be 67-years-old.
“It has been, and still is, a great privilege to be the MP for Chelmsford. However, I believe that after 33 years it will be time for someone new to take over representing the people in Chelmsford in Parliament.
“As a result, I will not be seeking to be the Conservative candidate for Chelmsford at the next General Election.
“Obviously, until the election in 2020, I will continue to serve all the people of Chelmsford at Westminster to the best of my ability.”