The former Minister of State for Care and Support, Sir Norman Lamb, has announced his decision to stand down as MP for North Norfolk to launch a fund for people with mental health issues and learning disabilities.
The Liberal Democrat took to Twitter this week to share his “sad decision” to stand down as MP after 18 years.
Sir Norman, who was the Minister of State for Care and Support between September 2012 and May 2015, plans to set up a mental health and wellbeing fund for Norfolk with his wife Mary.
“Today I am announcing a very painful decision that I am standing down at the next election as a member of parliament for North Norfolk, having put body and soul into this job for over 18 years,” he said.
“It’s a really difficult decision for me but I want to focus my efforts on the issues that I’m passionate about, particularly the cause of equality for people with mental ill health and those with learning disability and autism.
“I’m announcing that we’re setting up a fund to support people in Norfolk. To support their mental health, their wellbeing and to support people with learning disability and autism and also to focus on suicide prevention.”
Responding to the announcement, the All-Party Paliamentary Group on Adult Social Care tweeted: “The APPG for #AdultSocialCare would like to wish @normanlamb every success for the future and thank him for his work as an officer of the group and his many, many years of commitment & passion to improving our #SocialCare system.”
Sir Norman also ran as the Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Health between December 2006 and October 2017.
He was given a knighthood for parliamentary and political service in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June.