The new editor of the Evening Standard finally decided three jobs was enough and sent a letter to his local Conservative association explaining why he was standing down from the House of Commons “for now”. Perhaps as a parting shot to May, he added: “I will go on fighting for that Britain I love from the editor’s chair of a great newspaper. It’s still too early to be writing my memoirs.”
Proving there is always life left in the old dog, the 76-year-old Conservative former chancellor and father of the Commons said he would stand again. “He was ready to stand down in 2020 but not in six weeks’ time,” said a member of his staff.
The former Lib Dem leader and former deputy prime minister confirmed he was standing again for parliament. He said: “I will be re-standing as the Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate in Sheffield Hallam … because I vehemently oppose the direction that Theresa May wishes to drag our wonderful country.”
The Conservative MP, who has been receiving treatment for cancer, revealed in a post on Facebook that his treatment had been successful and he would be standing at the election. “Although my current state of health will prevent me from playing an energetic part in the election campaign, I am confident that if I am re-elected I will be able to resume my duties as member of parliament with renewed vigour within a very few months,” he wrote.
The Lib Dem MP for Southport, John Pugh, announced he would not stand at the election, his local paper, the Southport Visiter, revealed. Pugh, who has been an MP since 2001, had a majority of just 1,322 over the Conservatives at the last election.
The Labour MP for Oxford East told his constituents he would not be standing, saying that in 2022 he would be 71. In a message, he said: “It is always hard to give up a job you love, but that time comes.”
The Labour MP, who chairs the Commons business committee, announced he would not be standing again, saying it was time to “do other things”. Wright was elected in a byelection in 2004, replacing Peter Mandelson. Mandelson had a majority of more than 17,000 at the 1997 general election, but two years ago Wright’s majority was just 3,024. Ukip was in second place, and Hartlepool is one of its key targets.
One of the most prominent of the Labour Leavers in last year’s referendum, Stuart said she was not going to seek re-election in her Birmingham Edgbaston seat. In an email to local party members she said: “After 22 years of campaigning and 20 years of having had the privilege of being the MP for this diverse, forever surprising and wonderful marginal seat I know when it is time to stand down and pass on the baton.
“Together we have done amazing things; things we never expected when I became the first “Labour gain” of the Labour 1997 landslide as well as the first ever Labour MP for Bartley Green, Edgbaston, Harborne and Quinton.
“We won local battles, brought people together, challenged established assumptions about voters (and sometimes our own) and won elections against Tories that we didn’t think were possible. But together we did it . We are Labour and our values are Labour.”
Earlier on Wednesday she told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that, given polling numbers, she did not think Jeremy Corbyn would be prime minister: “It is unlikely … that we will have a Labour government,” she said.