St John MP Mara Thompson has formally announced that she will not be contesting the upcoming general election.
She made the disclosure at a meeting of the Democratic Labour Party General Council last night.
Here is the text of the full statement
I wish to inform the country and more precisely the people of St. John of my decision to withdraw from active politics. I have taken a long hard look at myself and the needs of my family and I have decided to retire from public life.
Just as I walked throughout the constituency and sought the support of the people of St. John when I wanted to become their MP, I am walking around in St. John, knocking on doors thanking the good people of St. John for their support for me over the years. I intend to do so face to face. They will see me. I will continue to visit each home because I want to thank you.
As I contemplate the last 8 years, I reflect on the passing of my beloved husband David J.H. Thompson and the ensuing grief that engulfed me and my family. But we were cradled and buoyed by the people of St. John. They swept me into Parliament, giving me the very distinct honour of becoming their Parliamentary representative.
I consider myself blessed to have been afforded the opportunity to serve my party and my St. John family. I am truly grateful to the people of St. John. There has been no greater privilege than to serve them. St John, I will always Love You.
I now publicly throw my support behind and endorse the long serving General Secretary Mr. George Pilgrim. George Pilgrim has been in and around St. John for many years now working on behalf of my late beloved predecessor David Thompson, working with Families First and working with me.
Just as I did for my late husband in terms of the constituency, I intend to do for George.