Heath to retire at next election

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Sir Edward Heath has announced he will retire at the next general election.

Sir Edward Heath has announced he will retire at the next general election.

The 84-year-old former Tory Prime Minister has sat in the House of Commons for 50 years, making him its longest serving Member.

He announced his decision in a letter to his Old Bexley and Sidcup constituency.

It read: "I am immensely proud of having been returned by the electorate of Bexley at every General Election since February 23, 1950, a period of more than 50 years."

Sir Edward is a regular attender at the Commons, an occasional speaker - always without notes and invariably witty - and never misses an opportunity to proclaim his pro-European views.

He still regards the Euro-sceptics with withering disdain and has made clear his concern at what is generally regarded as the Conservative party's Euro-sceptic line under the leadership of William Hague.

Yesterday, he conducted the arduous procedure to elect the new Speaker in his role as Father of the House.

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