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Eastern region MEP Robert Sturdy 'not seeking re-election'

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Image caption MEP Robert Sturdy is to step down at the next European elections

A Conservative MEP will not be seeking re-election at next year's European Elections.

Robert Sturdy, 68, became a member of the European Parliament in 1994 covering Cambridgeshire.

In 1999 he took on his current role as an MEP covering the Eastern Region - Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Mr Sturdy, who lives in Cambridgeshire, said would continue to be an MEP until the 2014 elections.

The Tories trade spokesman is also vice-president of the EU Parliament's International Trade committee.

Mr Sturdy, who runs a family farming business, led a campaign to set up the first public inquiry into the foot and mouth epidemic.

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