It may be more than 30 years since he was first elected to Parliament, but North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham insists he has no plans to step down just yet.
Mr Bellingham, 60, is beginning his seventh term at Westminster, having first contested and won the constituency back in 1983.
He said issues in Lynn and West Norfolk remain his priorities and maintained he would not be making a decision about his own future for some time yet.
He said: “There’s an awful lot that needs prioritising and a lot of campaigns for me to get my teeth into. I feel I’m in my prime. I’ve got a lot of energy, I’ve got a lot of go.
“If I felt for one moment that I wasn’t able to commit the energy and health to the role, or if I felt I was starting to lose enthusiasm, then I would think of saying this will be my last Parliament. But I haven’t got to that stage yet.”
Mr Bellingham was not appointed to a government post in the latest reshuffle, as he is a member of a special committee appointed to examine the controversial HS2 high speed rail link.
But he believes the county benefits from having a mixture of backbenchers like himself and ministers including Elizabeth Truss as its Parliamentary representatives.