Council leader confirms he will not run for MP

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COUNCIL leader Sean Woodward has confirmed that he will not run to be Fareham MP when Mark Hoban stands down.

Fareham’s council leader said he was flattered by the attention but he would not run for the role as he wants to focus on his current roles.

Cllr Woodward said: ‘Having given the matter significant thought and discussed it with family and colleagues I have decided that I have much still to do in my current roles as leader of Fareham as well as executive member for economy, transport and environment on Hampshire Count Council.

‘I enjoy the challenge of making sometimes difficult decisions which I believe to be in the best interests of the people I represent.

‘However, I do hope the choice we have will include at least one locally-connected candidate with a local profile or track record.’