SIR Alan Meale says it has been ‘a privilege’ representing Mansfield after he became the town’s longest ever serving MP this week.
He was first elected to Parliament in 1987 following a wafer thin victory by just 56 votes - then Westminster’s smallest majority.
But 25 years later Sir Alan has moved past the previous record held by Bernard Taylor, who was awarded a peerage to become Lord Taylor.
He said: “It has been a privilege to have served the Mansfield constituency during the past 25 years - which has seen many changes and improvements to the area.
“Obviously more needs to be done, and I shall continue in my role as MP to try and assist to deliver such aspirations.”
Sir Alan is the area’s 19th serving MP since the 1832 Reform Act and the sixth to represent Labour.
During his career in the House of Commons, he has held a number of different posts, including a Labour whip, member of the European Select Committee and Parliamentary Private Secretary to John Prescott when he was Deputy Prime Minister.
Since 2000 he has been a member of the Council of Europe.
Sir Alan said: “Since my election in 1987 we have seen the delivery of two new hospitals, the return of passenger rail services, completion of ring roads, a brand new football stadium for Mansfield Town FC and justice for property owners whose homes have suffered damage by coalmining subsidence.”