Another Conservative MP said he would not stand in the next general election.
Chris Skidmore, MP for Kingswood, said in a statement “there has been no greater honor in my life” than to represent the constituency, in south-west England.
“The changes to the parliamentary boundaries will cause the Kingswood constituency to cease to exist.
“With no alternative venue, I have decided that I do not wish to fight in another constituency elsewhere in the region or the country, especially with a very young family who deserve to see more of their father in their life.”
Mr Skidmore, 41, posted the statement under a tweet saying: ‘Some thoughts on the future…’.
He now wants to focus his career on engaging with the UK Net zero carbon emissions by 2050 – for which he was responsible for legislation and law-signing, in his role as Cabinet Member for Energy and Clean Growth.
“It’s clear to me that Net Zero and tackling climate change will be the biggest challenge, but also the biggest opportunity, of our generation,” he said.
“It is to this opportunity – to demonstrate how we must protect our environment and climate for the future, while providing a new clean and sustainable energy system that moves us all away from fossil fuels – that I now wish to turn my attention to.
“Rather than stepping aside, I hope in the future I can step up to continue playing my small part in helping make the energy transition the world needs.”
Mr Skidmore thanked his constituents for placing their “faith and trust in me to serve as a local MP”.
From 10 September 2019 to 13 February 2020, he served jointly in the Department of Education and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
He previously served in the Department of Health and Social Care and Cabinet Office.
Ninth Conservative MP to announce departure plans
Mr Skidmore becomes the ninth Conservative MP to announce their plans to depart amid growing concerns about the party’s performance in opinion polls.
Her announcement comes after senior minister and rising star, Dehenna Davison, 29, said she would no longer run as a candidate in Bishop Auckland’s former Labor stronghold.
Sir Gary Streeter, aged 67, he also announced that he would step down at the next election – hailing the South West Devon constituency which it has held comfortably since its conception in 1997.
Other MPs to join the apparent exodus include William Wragg, 34, and Chloe Smith, 40, as the relatively young age of many planning to resign sets off alarm bells within the party.
An Ipsos poll conducted earlier this week revealed the Conservative’s popularity plummeted to 26%, its lowest score in 15 years.
Party struggled to regain public confidence after Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng mini-budget unleashing “absolutely catastrophic” consequences for the economyby sending the pounds in free fall.
Chancellor Thursday Jeremy Hunt said he regretted the turbulence of the last few months – branded ’12 weeks of Conservative chaos’ by Labour’s shadow chancellor, Rachel Reeves.
But he refused to accept the mini-budget which inflicted £30bn worth of damage.
“I don’t think there was a long-term impact because the measures they introduced were lifted so quickly,” Hunt told Sky News. Interviews with Beth Rigby program.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak also refused to apologize six times for the financial pain his predecessor had inflicted on many people across the nation.