A lucky thirteen

With the dissolution of Parliament on April 12th 2010 I ceased to be, after thirteen years in office, the Member of Parliament for Stevenage. I remained Minister of State for the East of England and a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at Communities and Local Government until the then Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Gordon Brown  MP, tendered his resignation to the Queen on May 12th 2010.

It was an enormous honour to represent the constituency of Stevenage and to serve my country as a government minister. But, after thirteen years in the House of Commons I am enjoying spending more time with my husband, our five children, six grandchildren and very large extended family.

We will continue to live in Old Knebworth and work in Stevenage where the Follett Office is now based. I became the Chief Executive Officer of my husband’s growing business in June and, over the next six months, we will both be travelling a great deal to promote his latest book, Fall of Giants, which was published on September 28th this year.

I hope to remain involved in community politics but, for the next year or so, I will be fully occupied catching up on my long neglected personal life.

Barbara Follett