All Of The Tory MPs Who Are Quitting At The Next Election

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A few of the famous MPs stepping down at the next general election
A few of the famous MPs stepping down at the next general election

John Redwood has become the latest MP elected as a Conservative to announce they are stepping down from the Commons.

The backbencher joins the growing ranks of Tories who will not stand when the country next goes to the polls.

While it may feel like many Tory MPs have already left – triggering plenty of by-elections – dozens more are not looking for another term in parliament, including former PM Theresa May, ex-chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng and former defence secretary Ben Wallace.

It’s a Tory exodus not seen since the run-up to 1997, when 75 MPs stepped down ahead of a Labour landslide under Tony Blair.

Here is a full list of those Conservatives who are planning to quit frontline politics when the public heads to the polls again.

Who is stepping down at the next general election?

1. Douglas Ross

The Scottish Tory leader is currently both an MP as well as a member of the Scottish Parliament and said he was quitting Westminster to concentrate on his role at Holyrood. He held his Moray seat by just 513 votes at the last election.

2. Charles Walker

MP for Broxbourne since 2005, Walker was another critic of both Johnson and Truss. Announced in February last year that he would not be standing again, claiming politics had become “a pretty toxic environment”.

3. Mike Penning

The MP for Hemel Hempstead since 2005, Penning has been a minister in several departments and is a popular figure around Parliament. Announcing his decision to stand down, he said: “Whilst I have by no means reached my ‘sell by date’, I may be described as having reached my ‘best before date’.”

4. Adam Afriye

Once tipped as a possible future Tory leader, Afriye has been MP for Windsor since 2005 and has a majority of 20,079.

5. Andrew Percy 

Elected as MP for Brigg and Goole in 2010, Percy said: “I’ve done this for about two years longer than I ever planned for.”

6. Chloe Smith

Smith was Parliament’s youngest MP when she was elected in Norwich North in 2009. Most recently she was the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology.

7. William Wragg

Elected as MP for Hazel Grove in 2015, Wragg tabled letters of no confidence in both Boris Johnson and Liz Truss

8. Dehenna Davison

Widely seen as a Tory rising star, Davison stunned Westminster when she announced in November that she would not be standing again. She said she had been “humbled” to serve as MP for Bishop Aukland since 2019, but that the “time feels right for me to devote more of my attention to life outside politics”.

Dehenna Davison speaking on stage during the Conservative Party annual conference last year.Dehenna Davison speaking on stage during the Conservative Party annual conference last year.

9. Gary Streeter

The 62-year-old was first elected as an MP in 1992, and has represented South West Devon since 1997. He said: “The time has come for me to step back and let a younger person take over.”

10. Sajid Javid

An MP since 2010, Javid has held a number of cabinet posts, including health secretary, home secretary and chancellor. He has also stood for the Tory leadership on three occasions. He announced in December that he was quitting as MP for Bromsgrove, saying it had been “an incredible privilege”.

11. Mark Pawsey

He first became MP for Rugby in 2010, and held the seat with a majority of 13,447 in 2019.

12. George Eustice

The former environment secretary is quitting as MP for Camborne and Redruth, which he retained with a majority of 8,700 at the last election. He became an MP in 2010.

13. Edward Timpson

Like Davison, Timpson is another member of the Tories’ 2019 intake standing down, although he was previously MP for Crewe and Nantwich from 2008 until 2019. Currently holds Eddisbury with a majority of 18,443. 

14. Jo Gideon

Elected MP for Stoke-on-Central in 2019 as Labour’s red wall crumbled, the 70-year-old said she had “not come to this decision lightly” as she announced she would not be standing again next time round.

15. Stephen McPartland

First elected as MP for Stevenage in 2010, the 46-year-old Liverpudlian said he had decided to stand down at the next election after “much soul searching”. 

16. Paul Beresford

MP for the safe Tory seat of Mole Valley since 1997, the 77-year-old announced he was standing down earlier this year.

17. Robin Walker

Yet another member of the 2010 intake to announce they are quitting. The former schools minister is MP for Worcester and has a majority of 6,758. 

18. Sir Graham Brady

More famous for chairing the 1922 committee than as MP for Altrincham and Sale West, Brady oversaw the departure of no fewer than three Tory prime ministers from office. 

Sir Graham Brady has been an MP since 2005.Sir Graham Brady has been an MP since 2005.

19. Pauline Latham

The 45-year-old has represented Mid-Derbyshire since 2010 and has a majority of 15,385. 

20. Gordon Henderson

The 75-year-old has been MP for Sittingbourne & Sheppey since 2010 and has a majority of 24,479.

21. Craig Whittaker

A former whip who has been MP for Calder Valley since 2010, retaining it at the last election with a majority of 5,774.

22. Nicola Richards

Richards is another Red Wall MP quitting after just one term in Parliament, having won Tom Watson’s old seat of West Bromwich East in 2019 by 1,593 in 2019.

23. Henry Smith 

Another of the 2010 Tory intake calling it a day, Smith is MP for Crawley and has a majority of 8,360. The 53-year-old says it is time for “a new generation”.

24. John Howell

Howell has been MP for the safe Tory seat of Henley since replacing Boris Johnson in 2008. His decision to stand down led to speculation that the former PM could return to the seat rather than fight the more-marginal Uxbridge and South Ruislip. 

25. Robert Goodwill

MP for Scarborough and Whitby since 2005, Goodwill said it was “time to let someone else younger take over”. He has a majority of 10,270.

26. Jonathan Djanogly

He was elected to John Major’s old seat of Huntingdon in 2001 and served as a minister under David Cameron.

27. Matthew Offord

The Hendon MP since 2010, Offord said being a politician “has required great sacrifices in my personal and professional lives”, so had decided to stand down at the next election.

28. Alister Jack

The Secretary of State for Scotland is another tipped to enter the House of Lords as part of Boris Johnson’s resignation honours. He has been MP for Dumfries and Galloway since 2017 and has a majority of 1,805.

29. Richard Bacon

Bacon was elected MP for South Norfolk in 2001 and has a majority of 21,275.

30. Dominic Raab

Raab has packed a lot into his parliamentary career since being elected MP for Esher and Walton in 2010. He quit as justice secretary and deputy prime minister following an investigation into bullying allegations. His seat was also a major target for the Lib Dems.

 Dominic Raab, former Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary. Dominic Raab, former Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary.

31. Philip Dunne 

The MP for Ludlow since 2005, Dunne held the seat at the last election with a majority of 23,648.

32. Andy Carter

The MP for Warrington South announced in May that he was not seeking re-election five years after first getting in parliament, saying he planned to “pursue new opportunities”. 

33. Royston Smith 

The MP for Southampton Itchen since 2015, Smith announced his decision not to stand again last month. Currently has a majority of 4,498.

34. Will Quince

The minister for state for health and secondary care announced last month that he would not be seeking re-election. He became MP for Colchester in 2015 and retained the seat in 2019 with a majority of 9,423.

35. Bill Cash 

Veteran Brexiteer who has been an MP since 1984. The 83-year-old – who retained his Stone seat at the last election with a majority of 19,945 – announced he was standing down last month.

36. Lucy Allan 

Another member of the 2015 intake who is standing down at the next election. She retainer her Telford seat with a majority of 10,941 at the last election.

37. Steve Brine

The health committee chair was first elected as MP for Winchester in 2010 and currently has a majority of just 985.

38. Greg Knight

The MP for East Yorkshire, previously MP for Derby North, served under the governments of Margaret Thatcher, John Major and David Cameron. 

39. Chris Clarkson

The MP for Heywood and Middleton was elected on a majority of 663 in December 2018, winning the constituency from Labour.

He said he would be standing down following the changes to constituency boundaries.

40. Ben Wallace

The long-serving defence secretary surprised many when he announced that he was quitting the cabinet and also leaving parliament at the next election. He retained his Wyre and Preston North seat with a majority of 16,781 in 2019.

Former defence secretary Ben WallaceFormer defence secretary Ben Wallace

41. Trudy Harrison

Harrison won the previously-solid Labour seat of Copeland in a historic by-election in 2017 and was re-elected in 2019 with a majority of 5,842. Announcing her decision to stand down, she said: “Perhaps naively, when I stood I thought I would be able to tackle the national injustices and get national policies that work for our area. But because I spent so much time in London making legislation, voting and being in meetings I don’t have the ability to get involved in projects locally.”

42. Stuart Andrew

The MP for Pudsey resigned as housing minister in July 2022 due to the scandals surrounding the government at the time. 

 He confirmed last August that he would not be standing in either of the new seats being created out of his current constituency, but did not rule himself out from standing somewhere else.

43. Stephen Hammond

The MP for Wimbledon announced he would “not seek the nomination” at the next general election, which he described as “an incredibly tough decision”. 

He said he believed the Tories would win, but he and his wife were stretched by increased caring responsibilities for their elderly parents.

44. David Jones

The Welsh secretary during the Tory-Lib Dem coalition, and a Brexit minister during Theresa May’s time in office, Jones announced his retirement in September. 

45. Alok Sharma

The full-time president for COP26, and previously the business, energy and industrial strategy secretary, Sharma has held a range of positions in government since he was elected in 2010 for Reading West.

He said it was “not a easy decision”. Sharma was openly critical of the PM for watering down green pledges shortly before he announced he was quitting. His constituency boundaries are set to be altered ahead of the next election.

46. Chris Grayling

The MP for Epsom and Ewell, formerly transport secretary, leader of the House of Commons and Lord Chancellor, will be standing down after a prostate cancer diagnosis.

He has served as an MP for Epsom and Ewell in Surrey since 2001. 

47. Jamie Wallis

The MP for Bridgend, who came as transgender in 2022, confirmed he would not be standing in the same seat at the next general election. He said he was seeking a new seat outside Wales but “with a sense of humour”.

48. Lisa Cameron

She defected from the SNP to the Conservatives last autumn, claiming the SNP’s Westminster group had a “toxic culture”. She refused calls for a by-election because she plans to step down at the next election.

49. John Baron

The MP for Basildon and Billericay announced he would be standing down in October, saying: “Although I continue to believe the prime minister will win the next General Election given his competence and compassion, after what will be 23 years’ service I have decided the time has come for me to move on.”

50. Nick Gibb

The MP for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton – and former schools minister – called for Boris Johnson to resign over partygate in 2022.

He announced he would not be standing at the next general election in November, when he resigned his ministerial role.

51. Sir James Duddridge

Duddridge has represented Rockford and Southend East for almost 20 years and was a minister in the foreign office until October 2022.

He said the move was made “with regret”, adding: “I think I have done my time. Forgive me for moving on to do other things.”

52Oliver Heald

The MP for North East Hertfordshire has served in the Commons for 32 years after winning eight general elections. He served as a justice minister under Theresa May.

Heald said he was quitting to spend more time with his grandchildren and to help his family. He added he was still loyal to the PM and will continue to campaign for the Tories.

53. Mike Freer

The MP for Finchley and Golders Green – who also serves as a justice minister – said ” a constant string of incidents” like threats and abuse led him to stand down at the next election.

He said he narrowly avoided an encounter with Ali Harbi Ali who murdered the Southend West MP Sir David Amess.

54. Robert Neill

The senior Conservative, elected in 2006 for Bromley and Chislehurst, announced his decision in February.

He served in David Cameron’s government until September 2012, and chairs the Commons justice committee.

Neill said he concluded he needed to step down to spend more time supporting his wife Ann-Louise after she had a stroke in 2019.

55. Kwasi Kwarteng

The MP for Spelthorne was first elected in 2010, but is best known for his exceptionally brief time as chancellor under Liz Truss.

Together they unveiled the disastrous mini-budget which crashed the economy. Truss quickly gave him the sack, only to be booted out herself days later.

He did not explain why he was not standing as Spelthorne’s candidate again in February, saying only that it “has been an honour” to serve his constituents.

56. Nickie Aiken

The Cities of London and Westminster MP, first elected in 2019, revealed her decision to leave parliament in February. She said she was leaving parliament after her husband had accepted a job overseas.

57. Tracey Crouch

The former sports minister and MP for Chatham and Aylesford announced she was not going to stand as a candidate again in February, citing “entirely personal and positive” reasons.

58. Kieran Mullan

The MP for Crewe and Nantwich announced in February he would not be standing for re-election, due to boundary changes and shifts in his personal life. He won the seat from Labour. 

59. Paul Scully

The MP for Sutton and Cheam was elected in 2015, and served as minister for London and a technology minister from October 2022 until a Sunak reshuffle last October.

He announced he would not stand to be an MP again in March, saying Londoners believed his party was “being disrespectful” to the capital and had “lost focus”. 

60. Theresa May

Three prime ministers ago (2019), May was leading the country – but the MP for Maidenhead announced earlier this year she would be stepping down before the public go to the polls again.

She served as PM between 2016 and 2019, and has been an MP since 1997.

Former PM Theresa MayFormer PM Theresa May

61. Sir Brandon Lewis

The MP for Great Yarmouth announced in March that he was not going to be standing as a candidate at the next general election.

First elected in 2010, he became the Tory Party chair in 2018, and held eight ministerial roles under Boris Johnson and Liz Truss.

62. James Heappey

The Tory MP for Wells announced he was stepping down in March – while still the minister for the Armed Forces.

“I will support Rishi Sunak as our party leader and prime minister in government, until such time as he wishes me to step down, and then from the backbenches,” Heappey said.

63. Robert Halfon

The MP for Harlow, firstelected in 1999 and currently an education minister under Rishi Sunak, announced he would not be standing at the next general election in March – and was resigning from government at the same time.

He said he was “incredibly proud” to support the PM, but he felt “it is time for me to step down”.

64. Nadhim Zahawi

The former chancellor and one-time Tory Party chairman announced he would be stepping down in May.

The MP for Stratford-on-Avon released an emotional statement saying “parting is such sweet sorrow”. He said: “My mistakes have been mine and my successes have come from working with, and leading, amazing people.”

Zahawi was sacked as Tory chairman in January 2023 after it was revealed he had not disclosed HMRC was investigating his tax affairs.

He also made headlines for being one of the most prominent members of Boris Johnson’s government to call for his resignation in July 2022 – less than 48 hours after he was promoted to chancellor. Weeks later, he announced he would be supporting Johnson’s bid to become PM again after Liz Truss’s resignation.

65. Chris Heaton-Harris

The Northern Ireland secretary announced he would be stepping down at the next election in May.

He said it had been an “honour and a privilege” to represent Daventry since his election in 2010, but said: “I feel the time is right for me to look for new challenges.”

66. Jo Churchill

The minister for employment said she was standing down at the election “for family reasons”.

The MP for Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket announced her decision on May 23 – the day after the prime minister called the general election – said she has “taken much pride in serving in government” and that she had the “utmost respect” for Sunak.

66. Matt Hancock

The MP for West Suffolk since 2010, Hancock is another who has held a number of ministerial roles – most notably as health secretary during the pandemic. He lost the Tory whip for appearing on I’m A Celebrity in November 2022.

Just after the general election was announced, the whip was reinstated – but Hancock confirmed that he still plans to leave parliament in July.

67. Bob Stewart

Elected as a Conservative in 2010, the MP for Beckenham revealed he was standing down at the next election in November 2023 – and relinquished the Tory whip.

It came after he was convicted of racist abuse. He made no reference to the conviction in his resignation statement. He won the appeal to overturn the conviction in February.

After the general election was confirmed in May, the Conservatives restored the whip to Stewart meaning he would leave parliament as a Tory MP.

68. John Redwood

The one-time Welsh secretary announced six weeks before the next general election that he would be standing down.

He has been Conservative MP for Wokingham since 1987 and was reselected to stand again in July.

Writing on his blog, he said: “I have decided not to put my name forward in the forthcoming election. I have other things I wish to do.”

And these MPs had the Tory whip withdrawn before announcing they’re quitting at the next election

1. Crispin Blunt

The MP for Reigate since 1997, Blunt announced in May 2022 that he would not be seeking re-election next time round. He was the first Tory MP to publicly call for Liz Truss to quit.

He had the whip withdrawn after he was arrested on suspicion of rape and possession of controlled substances in October 2023.

2. Julian Knight 

Currently suspended from the Tory whip amid allegations of sexual assault – which he denies – Knight was first elected MP for Solihull since 2015.