MP Sir Norman Lamb quits politics and sets up mental health charity
North Norfolk MP Sir Norman Lamb has announced he will stand down from Westminster at the next general election.
The Liberal Democrat, who has represented the constituency for the past 18 years, has also revealed he is setting up a new charity to support mental health and learning disability causes.
In a video on social media Sir Norman said it had been an “incredibly painful” decision to resign and thanked constituents for their trust over his five Parliamentary terms.
He said: “It’s been an immense honour and I will miss it enormously.”
Sir Norman served as a minister during the coalition government between 2010 and 2015 and stood for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats in 2015, when he lost to Tim Farron.
However, his majority was substantially reduced in 2015, when his party suffered huge electoral losses, and again in 2017. Some analysts have predicted the seat will be closely fought at the next election.
He said he now wants to focus his efforts on the causes he is passionate about and has established a mental health and wellbeing fund, in conjunction with the Norfolk Community Foundation, contributing some of his own money to the campaign.
The charity aims to support organisations across the county who are already helping people in need of support.
But he is also considering setting up a national fund on the issue.
More information about the charity can be found here, where supporters can also make donations.