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Diana's letter to members

January 24, 2012 10:55 AM

The full version of Diana's resignation letter:

Dear friend

This is not an easy letter to write to inform you of my decision to resign as your Member of the European Parliament. You may have seen various reports in the press. I had hoped that this letter would have come to you first but unfortunately others decided to release the news in advance of what I was informed would officially be the case.

I have been in the European Parliament twelve and a half years and I think that is time enough. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time and it was truly a huge privilege especially to serve as a Vice President of Parliament for the last five years. However, I think for all of us, whatever our professions, there is a need to turn a new page from time to time. At the mid-term of parliament many members come and go, so accordingly at this moment following upon my unsuccessful bid for the Presidency of Parliament it is a good time to take stock. I want to take a break from politics and to take time and assess what next.

You will know that I am a campaigner for Endometriosis Awareness a condition I suffered from myself. Unfortunately the effects of this have never quite gone away and I feel now is also an opportunity to make sure my health does not deteriorate further. I would say this is not the main reason for my resignation but is undoubtedly a contributory factor.

I have been at the service of the people of Yorkshire and the Humber for twelve and a half years. I will always be grateful for the trust that was placed in me to carry out this role. I have also hugely appreciated the support and kindness of members across the region and I trust that I will still remain in touch with you.

Stewart Arnold (my husband) was elected by members as number 2 on the Liberal Democrat list. I know he needs time to think about what to do next and is taking soundings over these days. If he does do it, as a very active Liberal Democrat in the region, he will make a great contribution; if he decides not to do it those further down the list also have much to contribute.

It has been a huge honour to represent this region in the European Parliament. I remain a committed pro-European Liberal Democrat and will continue to do whatever I can to promote these causes.

With best wishes,

Diana