Louise Mensch’s political opponents line up to wish her bon voyage

Corby Council leader Tom Beattie
Corby Council leader Tom Beattie

Political opponents of Corby and East Northants MP Louise Mensch have wished her well for the future.

The MP has tendered her resignation to Prime Minister David Cameron, saying she found it difficult to juggle the roles of mother-of-three and politician.

Mrs Mensch will now move to New York with her three children to live with her husband, Metallica manager Peter Mensch who is based in the city.

Andy Sawford, Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Corby and East Northamptonshire, said he is looking forward to the by-election campaign following the resignation of Mrs Mensch.

He said: “Louise Mensch was obviously struggling to balance being MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire with her family and business commitments.

“I respect her for the honest way she talked about this and her decision to step down.

“Labour is now looking forward to the campaign ahead, fighting for action on jobs and the economy, supporting our local services which are facing massive cuts and working with local community organisations.

“During the bye-election we will focus on the two wasted years of Tory policies that have taken the country back into recession and left Corby suffering job losses in both the public and private sector.

“This will be a tough election for Labour but we are determined to hold this Tory-led Government to account by showing the disastrous impact of their polices on the people of Corby.”

Co-chairman of Corby and East Northants Conservative Association, Andrew Howard, said: “As an association we are disappointed that Louise has had to resign.

“She was settling into the role very well and was a great parliamentarian and constituency MP.

“However, we understand that she must put her family first. She achieved a high profile for Corby and for herself but she had been battling with her work/life balance and has had to make a difficult decision.”

Tom Beattie, leader of Corby’s Labour-controlled borough council, said: “I’m not entirely surprised and I fully understand the pressures she must have been under trying to juggle her family life and her political career.

“Louise has been a colourful MP and she has certainly kept Corby in the news. I wish her the very best for the future.”

A by-election will be held on November 15 at the same time as the police commissioner elections.

Cllr Beattie said: “Given the difficult economic conditions we are facing, I hope Corby will not be unrepresented for too long. I would prefer the bye-election to take place sooner rather than later.”

Deputy council leader Mark Pengelly said: “Louise has been a hard-working MP and I understand that it has been hard for her dividing her time between here and America. I understand why she has taken the decision to resign.

“Hopefully, Corby can now look forward to an MP who will be able to give their full commitment to Corby.

“On a personal level, Louise has always given me support and I wish her good luck for the future.”

Cllr Gail McDade, the Labour Party’s campaign co-ordinator for the constituency, said: “As a mum involved in politics I do understand the difficulties involved.

“Louise and I have always got on very well and I wish her well. She had a difficult decision to make and she has made the right choice for her family.

“We will be working hard to return Andy Sawford as Labour’s next MP for Corby and East Northants.”

Click here for pictures of Louise Mensch during her time as MP for Corby and East Northants