Saturday, June 13, 2009

Mick Bates to retire

So Glyn had heard rightly, Mick Bates is to retire at the next election. A lot of people I've spoken to when canvassing have said how good he's been at representing Montgomeryshire, and I'm sure he will be missed by many. He's always seemed like a thoroughly decent man who did put his constituents first, in contrast to the current MP. I think its admirable though that he has now chosen to retire at 61 so he can spend more time with his wife, who's also retiring. He could have easily stayed for another term, so its nice to see that he's decided to put his personal life before his own political ambition. A lot of politicians tend to try and hang on as long as they can, refusing to retire at a time when everyone else is slowing down. Good for him I say, and having taken the decision now he leaves enough time for the Liberal Democrats to find someone credible to run in his place. Next Assembly election should be interesting in Montgomeryshire then...

2 comments:

Paul said...

You've got your figures slightly wrong. Mick is 61 at the moment therefor will be 63 in May 2011 (64 in Aug '11).

I think 64 is a good age at which to retire don't you?

Heledd Fychan said...

Thanks Paul. It wasn't clear from what I wrote. Of course he'll be older when he actually steps down. And yes, I think that's a great age to retire when you still have enough energy to do things and yet can spend time with your family.