Margaret May is set to retire
FEDERAL Liberal MP Margaret May will retire from parliament at the next election, due late next year.
Ms May, who since 1998 has held the electorate of McPherson, which extends from the Gold Coast to the Queensland-NSW border, joins a growing list of Liberal MPs who will not recontest their seats.
She has been the opposition spokeswoman on ageing since the 2007 election loss.
Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull praised Ms May for her work saying no other member of parliament worked harder or knew more about issues affecting older Australians.
“One of the most dedicated members in the parliament, Margaret has worked tirelessly and assiduously for her local community over the last eleven years,” Mr Turnbull said.
Ms May's announcement follows similar decisions this year by Brendan Nelson and Peter Costello.