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‘It takes some time to grow up and find my political feet’: Monty Panesar makes a change in political career

Former England cricketer Monty Panesar has made a U-turn in his political ambitions as he withdrew his candidacy as MP for the next general election.

The former spinner was set to contest the west London seat of Ealing Southall after being unveiled by Labor Party of Great Britain leader George Galloway a week ago.

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He announced his withdrawal from his candidacy with a series of updates on his social media account. The move follows a number of interviews that proved challenging for the 42-year-old, including his position on Britain’s continued NATO membership.

“I am a proud Briton who has had the honor of representing my country at the highest level of cricket. I now want to do my part to help others, but I realize that I am at the beginning of my journey and still learning about how politics can help people,” Panesar began.

“So today I am withdrawing as a candidate for the General Election for the Workers’ Party. I realize that I need more time to listen, learn and find my political home, a home that aligns with my personal and political values,” the England International continued.

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“I wish the Labor Party all the best, but I look forward to taking some time to mature and find my political feet so that I am well prepared to give my very best the next time I walk the political wicket” , he decided.

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    Location: United Kingdom (UK)

    first print: May 8, 2024, 6:14 PM IST