More Conservative MPs are standing down at the next general election than at any point since Labour’s landslide in 1997.
Forty-five Tories have now said they plan to quit Parliament rather than face re-election, with a poll expected in 2024.
There are fears the party suffer a heavy defeat, with the Politico website’s “poll of polls” putting Labour around 19 percentage points ahead of the Conservatives among voters.
These are all of the Tory MPs who have confirmed they will step aside:
The Tory former cabinet minister and Cop26 president, who led the United Nations climate change conference in Glasgow two years ago, said he will continue to champion “climate action” in Parliament for the remainder of his time as an MP.
The MP for Bromsgrove since 2010, Mr Javid has served in six different Cabinet posts during the Tories’ time in power as culture secretary, business secretary, housing secretary, home secretary, chancellor and health secretary. He has remained on the back benches during Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak’s premierships.
Sir Charles Walker
Sir Charles, who sat as the chairman of the procedure committee between 2012 and 2019, emerged as one of the biggest lockdown sceptics in Parliament, carrying a milk bottle around Westminster to protest against restrictions. He was an arch-critic of Boris Johnson and Liz Truss, branding her government “an absolute disgrace” led by “a group of talentless people”.
Ms Davison, 29, was elected as the first ever Tory MP for the ‘Red Wall’ seat of Bishop Aukland in its 134-year history at the 2019 general election. A minister at the Department for Levelling Up, she said on announcing her resignation she hadn’t had “anything like a normal life for a twenty-something”.
Sir Gary Streeter
Sir Gary is stepping down from Parliament after more than 30 years, having been the Tory MP for South West Devon since 1992.
Another strident critic of Boris Johnson, Mr Wragg has served as an MP since 2015 and chairs the influential public administration and accounts committee.
Ms Smith, the MP for Norwich North since 2009, was one of Liz Truss’s most prominent backers, serving firstly as her work and pensions secretary and then as Rishi Sunak’s temporary science secretary during Michelle Donelan’s maternity leave.
Popular in the ‘One Nation’ liberal wing of the Conservative Party, Mr Skidmore, an MP since 2010, is a former education and health minister, who chaired the Government’s independent review on net zero which reported earlier this year.
Mr Ross, who is both an MP and a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP), currently leads the Scottish Tories. He has confirmed he will not seek re-election as an MP next time around.
An MP since 2010, Mr Eustice was Mr Johnson’s environment secretary between 2020 and 2022.
A former education minister, Mr Walker is currently the chairman of the Commons education select committee.
Sir Graham Brady
The current Scottish Secretary, Mr Jack has confirmed he will stand down at the next election but ruled out accepting a peerage in Boris Johnson’s resignation honours list despite being nominated by the Prime Minister.
Sir Robert Goodwill
A former education, immigration and transport minister, Sir Robert is currently the chairman of the Commons environment, food and rural affairs select committee.
Mr Raab, the former deputy prime minister and justice secretary, cited “increasing concern” about pressure placed on his young family when he announced his intention to step down shortly after quitting the Cabinet over bullying claims from civil servants. He has also held the titles of Brexit secretary and foreign secretary.
Sir Bill Cash
Sir Bill, the MP for Stone in Staffordshire and an arch-Eurosceptic, has said it will be a “big wrench” to leave Parliament. Aged 83, he is the oldest member of the Commons.
Ms Allan, the MP for Telford in Shropshire since 2015, announced her intention to quit with a broadside at the Government, writing: “Today’s Conservative Party is just not interested in seats like Telford anymore.”
Mr Brine, who broke lobbying rules in a WhatsApp exchange revealed by The Telegraph’s Lockdown Files investigation, said it was time for him to consider a “new chapter” in his life.
Mr Wallace, who has served as Defence Secretary since July 2019, has announced he will not fight the next election but ruled out leaving Parliament “prematurely”. He will also step down from his Cabinet role at the next reshuffle.