Coventry MP Jim Cunningham to stand down at next election

The long-standing MP has served as one of Coventry’s representatives in Parliament for the last 27 years.

Long-standing Member of Parliament for Coventry South Jim Cunningham yesterday announced his intention to not seek reelection and to step down at the next election.

The MP, now aged 78, has served as an MP for 27 years, having represented Coventry in Parliament since 1992.

In a letter to his constituents, the MP said: “I have been privileged to represent this great city first as a councillor and then as a Member of Parliament for nearly 50 years.

“It has been the honour of my professional life to serve as your Member of Parliament for the last 27 years, but the time has come to hand over the baton to someone new.

“The current uncertainty in politics and the ongoing speculation about a snap General Election has provided me the opportunity to think about what is best for me and my family as well as my constituents and the local party.

“It has always been a team effort, from the party members who help campaign, to the staff who have worked with me in my office and of course my wife and family who continue to be a huge support.

“It is important now that the Labour Party allows local party members in Coventry South the opportunity to select a local candidate. It is imperative that the views and opinions of local party members are heard and that can only happen through a local open selection process.”

With the likelihood of a Snap Election before the end of the year becoming increasingly higher, Mr Cunningham will likely have stepped down by the end of the year.