Tory accountant MP to retire at next election
Chartered accountant and wine merchant John Townend is to step down as an MP in the next general election.
The veteran Hull conservative, aged 65, has told the party he wanted to retire.
He has a reputation in Westminster as a fiery right-winger and Eurosceptic.
He entered Parliament for Bridlington in 1979 and became MP for Yorkshire East in 1997 after boundary changes wiped out his old constituency.
His roles include acting as chairman of the powerful Tory Finance Committee at Westminster, and was also chairman of the right-wing 92 Group.