Outgoing Northampton MP Brian Binley says he feels proud of his 10 years in Parliament

Brian Binley announced his decision not to stand for re election. Northampton Conservative Club, 42 Billing Rd, Northampton. ENGNNL00120130722113541
Brian Binley announced his decision not to stand for re election. Northampton Conservative Club, 42 Billing Rd, Northampton. ENGNNL00120130722113541

Outgoing Northampton South MP Brian Binley reflected on his 10 years in the House of Commons during his farwell speech on Thursday.

Mr Binley, who has been an MP since 2005, talked about his work in the town including the Northampton Alive and Challenge 2016 projects.

Freedom of the Bourgh  Brian Binley NNL-141119-093246009

Freedom of the Bourgh Brian Binley NNL-141119-093246009

He said: “The 40 projects in the programme include a new railway station, a new campus for the University of Northampton, a new innovation centre, one-thousand new jobs in the Enterprise Zone, a new bus interchange, reinvigoration of our improving town centre, a heritage gateway around the new station, close to the ancient castle in an area too long neglected; a new skateboard park and a new marina, to name just a few.”

Mr Binley said his nine years on the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee had been his “major contribution to Parliament”.

Mr Binley, who now sits as vice chairman of Northampton Enterprise Partnership, said: “I may not have scaled the greasy pole in this place, nor achieved high government office; but that, in no way, diminishes the pride I feel in serving as a Member in the House of Commons for the electors and townspeople of Northampton South and I am most grateful to them for making that possible.”