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Nicky Morgan joins list of MPs stepping down

Mrs Morgan has been Loughborough MP since 2010.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Nicky Morgan (Jonathan Brady/PA)
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Nicky Morgan (Jonathan Brady/PA)

By PA Reporter

Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan has announced she will not stand in the forthcoming general election.

She has represented Loughborough for the Conservatives since 2010 and was previously education secretary.

In a post on Twitter, she said: “For the first time in 18 years I won’t be a candidate in the next General Election. I’ve loved being #Loughborough’s voice in Westminster since 2010 & being DCMS Secretary – & I look forward to supporting the PM, Government, Conservative Party and my successor in the future.”

Earlier on Wednesday, Tory former de-facto deputy prime minister Sir David Lidington and his former Cabinet colleague Amber Rudd said they too would stand down as MPs ahead of the poll in December.

In a letter to the Loughborough Conservatives chairman Trevor Ranson, Mrs Morgan said the sacrifices involved in being an MP “can only be justified if, ultimately, Parliament does what it is supposed to do”.

She wrote: “After nearly a decade as Loughborough’s MP and over 15 years as a local campaigner here I have made the very difficult decision that I can’t commit to another 5 year term and now is the time for me to stand aside and be at home far more.”

Describing her time as Loughborough MP as “the greatest privilege of my life”, she added: “Of course, being an MP offers many fantastic opportunities. Apart from the wonderful people I meet daily, and the fabulous organisations I work with, I have always believed that it is through politics that real and positive change can be made to our communities and country.

“But the clear impact on my family and the other sacrifices involved in, and the abuse for, doing the job of a modern MP can only be justified if, ultimately, Parliament does what it is supposed to do – represent those we serve in all areas of policy, respect votes cast by the electorate and make decisions in the overall national interest.”

Aylesbury MP Sir David cited the “heavy cost” of politics on family life in a letter to The Bucks Herald newspaper as he announced he would stand down, while former Tory home secretary Ms Rudd, who had a majority of just 346 at the last election in her Hastings and Rye constituency, said she was not “finished with politics” but was “just not standing at this election”.

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