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Northern Ireland-born MP Kate Hoey will not seek re-election

Kate Hoey
Kate Hoey

by Eimear McGovern

The Northern-Ireland born Labour MP for Vauxhall Kate Hoey has announced she will not seek re-election as a Labour candidate.

"Having stated at the 2015 General Election that I would not seek re-election in 2020 I was persuaded to fight the unexpected General Election of 2017," she said, posting on Twitter. 

"Now that the national Labour Party has started the process for the 2022 election I have decided that after 30 years as the MP for Vauxhall I will not seek re-election as a Labour candidate."

Mrs Hoey was born in Mallusk, Co Antrim and studied at the Belfast Royal Academy and University of Ulster before moving to England.

She has served as the Labour MP for Vauxhall since 1989. Mrs Hoey has campaigned strongly for Brexit, despite her constituency voting overwhelmingly to Remain in the EU.

In July last year, Mrs Hoey vowed to resist efforts to deselect her after her local party in Vauxhall passed a vote of no confidence.

"I will carry on until a general election serving with the energy, honesty and integrity that I have tried to bring to public service my whole life.

"It remains a huge privilege to serve this special part of London," she said.

 

 

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