Steve asked me to post the following on the Facebook group. I think it's only appropriate that it's posted here too:
"Many thanks to everyone who has joined this group and registered their support and sent messages - it has been much appreciated. I decided in the end not to go for it for a mix of positive reasons - I have a lot of respect for Nick and think he will do a good job - and also weighing up the cost of a campaign (and leadership) on my family, especially being based outside London as we are. In the end I think it's the right decision, but I want to thank each one of you for your expressions of support".
There'll be a next time.