Michael Gove to stand down as an MP at general election

Michael Gove announced his intention to stand down on social media
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Aberdeen-born Conservative cabinet minister Michael Gove has announced he will not be standing for re-election as an MP at the general election.

Mr Gove, the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, was first elected MP for Surrey Heath in 2005, and joined the cabinet after David Cameron became Prime Minister in 2010, and has since been a close ally of Rishi Sunak.

He also served under Theresa May and Boris Johnson, and was one of the leaders of the campaign for the UK to leave the EU alongside the latter.

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His decisions follows more than 70 Conservatives announcing that they will be leaving Parliament instead of fighting for their seat in the election on July 4.

In a post on X, he said: "After nearly twenty years serving the wonderful people of Surrey Heath and over a decade in Cabinet across five government departments, I have today taken the decision to step down as a Member of Parliament."

And in a letter to the chairman of the Surrey Heath Conservatives attached to the post, he said: "Thank you for your kindness earlier. As we discussed, I have decided today not to seek to represent Surrey Heath at the forthcoming General Election.

"Having the chance to serve as a Member of Parliament and Minister has been a profound privilege. As a child in Aberdeen I could never have imagined I would have the opportunity to sit in the Commons, let alone around the Cabinet table.

"My parents, who adopted me when I was four months old, brought me up to believe that the chance to help others is the greatest gift you can be given. That four Prime Ministers asked me to serve the country in their Governments has been the honour of my life.

"I am grateful to them all: David Cameron who gave me the chance to pursue the education reforms in which I passionately believe, Theresa May who asked me to support her in challenging times, Boris Johnson who delivered Brexit and set out the levelling up vision which is so important for our country, and Rishi Sunak who asked me to return to Government when I believed my ministerial career had ended, enabling me to deepen and intensify the levelling up programme.

"His support has ensured we can deliver projects which are benefitting towns and communities in all parts of the country. Having seen up close the demands of the role I know we all owe them so much."