A Catholic MP has revealed that a month’s retreat helped her in her decision to quit politics.
Sarah Teather MP, told the Guardian that she decided to attend a
Jesuit retreat while she struggled with her decision whether to continue
as a Liberal Democrat MP.
Miss Teather said: “Sometimes you just have to shut up. This
politician just needed to shut up and stop talking in order to make a
Sarah Teather attended a retreat at Loyola Hall, a Jesuit centre just
outside of Liverpool.
While she was there she decided she would leave
politics, partly because she did not agree with her party’s stance on
Miss Teather said: “I don’t hate politics and I didn’t make a
decision in despair. I made a careful, thought-through choice and I
couldn’t get that across. I felt very sad in case I’d in any way added
to the disillusion that people felt about politics. I was really
troubled by that.”
Miss Teather wants to use her last 18 months in Parliament to highlight issues facing refugees.