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Calgary MLAs Len Webber and Ken Hughes announce they are stepping down

With Alberta Premier Jim Prentice set to announce his plans for coming byelections Monday, two Calgary MLAs have announced they are stepping down.

In a statement, Len Webber the MLA for Calgary Foothills, said now that he had secured a federal Conservative nomination, it was time to move on.

“After being a strong voice for Calgary in the Alberta legislature for many years, I will work to earn the right to stand up for Calgary-Confederation in Ottawa by running an engaging campaign, and to do this I need to close the chapter on my time as a MLA today,” said Webber.

Former minister Ken Hughes is also stepping down, saying he wants to focus on his private life.

“It has been a great honour to serve the people of Calgary West as MLA," he said in a statement. "I step aside confident that my decision will contribute to the current renewal of the Progressive Conservative Party.”

The two announcements come on top of already-vacant seats seats in Edmonton – Whitemud and Calgary – Elbow, meaning there will be at least four byelections coming.

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