COLCHESTER’S local politicians have wished the city’s MP well as he announced he will be stepping down at the next general election.

Will Quince said he will not be continuing in his “all-consuming” role so he can spend more time with his family.

Conservative group leader in Colchester Paul Dundas said he is disappointed but “totally understands why” Mr Quince made his decision.

He said: “Will has been a superb MP for Colchester and UK politics needs more people like Will Quince.

“I have seen the toll the role takes on people and in particular those around them and after what will be nearly nine years of service, I totally understand and respect Will’s decision to put his family first.

Mr Quince’s friend and Rural North Conservative councillor Darius Laws said: “Will has been a phenomenally positive ambassador for Colchester.

“I know he Will has thrown himself 24/7 into the role and on a personal level it is sad but I think family must come first.”

Labour’s Parliamentary candidate in Colchester Pam Cox added: “I’m sure the people of Colchester wish Will all the best for his career after politics.

“Meanwhile I’m looking forward to winning their trust and winning Colchester for Labour at the next election.”