Tripe Marketing Board chairman, Sir Norman Wrassle today confirmed that he would not be standing as a candidate in the Newark by-election. In a press statement issued earlier today, Sir Norman said: "I gave the matter some considerable thought last night and discussed it with my closest friends and confidants. They convinced me that it would be a distraction from my main mission, which is to convince the people of Britain to try tripe."
The statement followed earlier media speculation on the matter.
Sir Norman said he did not rule out standing as an MP in the 2015 General Election, particularly if he thought the battle to increase tripe consumption was being won and he could find a seat where the population was made up largely of people over 85.