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BBC Wales's Catrin Evans reports
"She has been a vociferous campaigner for women and the Lib Dems in north Wales"
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Tuesday, 20 March, 2001, 09:32 GMT
Lib Dem AM to stand down
Christine Humphreys AM
Christine Humphreys's recent health has been poor
The Liberal Democrat National Assembly Member for North Wales, Christine Humphreys, is to stand down at the end of Marchon health grounds

A letter stating Ms Humphreys intention to give up her seat was received by the Presiding Officer Dafydd Elis-Thomas on Monday.

Ms Humphreys, a former challenger for the leadership of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, has been unwell for three months and has not been taking part in Assembly business.

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Her resignation will not prompt a by-election in the Assembly as she is a member for north Wales elected under the list system.

A former school teacher and councillor, Ms Humphreys ran Mike German close in the election for the party leadership.

She said at the time: "I represent the women's vote in the party, and Welsh speakers in the party in north Wales.

"I was very keen to ensure all these voices were heard."

'Very sorry'

Mr German said he was "deeply saddened" to be losing his colleague.

Mrs Humphreys place in the Welsh Assembly will pass automatically to the next candidate on the list.

She is Eleanor Burnham, who is the Liberal Democrat prospective parliamentary candidate for Chester.

Mrs Burnham, 49, is married with two children.

A teacher, she fought Alyn and Deeside at the last general election and Delyn in the Assembly elections, when she came fourth.

'Very excited'

Mrs Burnham said "she was very sorry" for Christine Humphreys and to be taking over in such circumstances.

However, she said that she was "very excited" at the prospect of becoming an Assembly Member and added that she would be speaking to Mr German on Tuesday.

Mrs Burnham - a farmer's daughter - has a particular interest in and economic issues and agriculture.

Mr German said he understood Mrs Humphreys's reasons for stepping down.

"'This decision follows a prolonged period of ill health in which Christine has been unable to play a full part in the activities of the Assembly," he said.

"Although I am deeply sad that we have lost an Assembly Member of such ability and standing with constituents and colleagues alike, I recognise that Christine is acting in line with the best medical advice.

"On behalf of the Liberal Democrats, I would like to wish her well in her ongoing recovery."

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