Rising star Tory Dehenna Davison has become the latest MP to announce she will step down in the next election.
The leveling minister, who is just 29, made history in 2019 by becoming Bishop Auckland’s first Conservative MP.
She is the latest in a steady stream of Conservatives to detail their exit plans amid a collapse in polls.
His announcement on Friday afternoon came shortly after Sir Gary Streeter said he would not stand as candidate again in the South West Devon constituency it has held comfortably since it was created in 1997.
Ms Davison is a leading figure in the so-called red wall of former Labor strongholds that Boris Johnson managed to capture for the Conservatives in the last general election.
In a statement, Davison said, “Throughout my adult life, I have devoted most of my time to politics and to helping improve people’s lives.
“But, to be honest, it meant I had nothing like a normal life for a 20-year-old.
“I will always be honored to have had the opportunity to serve as a Member of Parliament. But now seems like the right time to pay more attention to life outside politics, mainly to my family and helping to support them as they have helped to support me.
“That’s why I won’t run in the next general election.”
Seventh Conservative MP to resign
Brought into government by Liz Truss, Mrs Davison was kept in the role under Rishi Sunak when he took over as Prime Minister and her prospects in the party had looked high.
But becoming the seventh Conservative MP to indicate he will not stand again will worry the party further as it lags far behind Labor in opinion polls.
Senior Conservatives including Chloe Smith, the former Secretary of Work and Pensions, and William Wragg, the chair of the Select Committee, have announced they will not run for re-election in recent days.
In the letter to his local association, the former shadow aid secretary said that “he will not seek re-election in the next general elections, when they come”.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to represent this constituency for over 30 years, but the time has come for me to step back and let a younger person take over,” said the 67-year-old.
“I very much hope that a local candidate is chosen to give us the best chance of filling this seat.
“I have great confidence that under Rishi Sunak’s leadership, our country will recover strongly from the recent challenges.”