A standing ovation was given to Jack Straw at the Labour Party Conference on Tuesday as he announced that he was bowing out of frontline politics after 30 years. Mr Straw made his final address at the conference in Manchester where he praised the new labour leader Ed Milliband.
In Mr Straw’s speech he focused on his constituency of Blackburn and praised the standards in the Blackburn schools and he reminded the party of the Premier title winning season of 1994/5 for Blackburn Rovers.
Mr Straw richly deserved the standing ovation he received as he addressed the Labour Party conference for the final time as a frontbencher. He has given enormous service to the party and the country as leading figure in the government and a big player in the world state.
Mr Straw retained his seat with an increased majority in May but has not put himself forward of a place in the shadow cabinet so his reign on the front bench will come to an end when the front-bench positions are finalised in the next few weeks.
Mr Straw has previously held the roles of Home Secretary, Foreign Secretary, Justice Secretary and Leader of the House of Commons. His effectiveness as a politician has brought great benefits to the Borough of Blackburn over the years in a wide range of areas.
In recognising that a new era is dawning in the labour Party Mr Straw is stepping back from the front line but his contribute to public life is far from over.
Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire wishes Mr Straw all the best in what ever role he plays in the new party and wishes to acknowledge his long commitment to the Borough of Blackburn for which ever party you support Mr Straw has put in a lot of years service.