I would like to pay a personal tribute to Laura Sandy's MP. She has made an incredibly difficult decision not to stand at the next general election. This could not have been easy for her.
Although I do not share Laura's politics she made a brave and principled stand on issues which were not universally popular with her Conservative Parliamentary colleagues such as her support for equal marriage, her commitment to environmental protection and green issues and her opposition to live animal exports from the port of Ramsgate,
In addition to working tirelessly for her constituents Laura also supported and helped community organisations and charities working in her constituency. I got to know her when I was the manager of Thanet Citizens Advice Bureau and her support helped the organisation continue its important work during difficult financial times.
I would like to wish Laura all the best and the greatest of success for the future. You will be a hard to act to follow.