Conservative MPs Dehenna Davison and Sir Gary Streeter to step down in next election |  Political news

Conservative MPs Dehenna Davison and Sir Gary Streeter to step down in next election | Political news

Two more Conservative MPs have announced they will not stand for election in the next general election.

Dehenna Davison, 29, a rising minister, is seen as one of the rising stars in the Tory party, so the news of her intention to step aside will come as a surprise.

“Throughout my adult life I have devoted the vast majority of my time to politics and to helping improve people’s lives,” the MP for Bishop Auckland said in a statement to the Northern Echo.

“But, to be honest, it’s meant I haven’t had anything like a normal life for a 20-something.”

Ms Davison’s announcement came shortly after Sir Gary Streeter said he would no longer stand in the South West Devon constituency that he has comfortably held since its conception in 1997.

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Sir Gary Streeter also announced that he would not run again

In his resignation statement, the former frontbencher said he believes Rishi Sunak, the prime minister, will “recover strongly from the recent challenges”.

Two others, William Wragg, 34, and Chloe Smith, 40, confirmed earlier this week that they would not be running for their seats either.

The relatively young age of Tories who have announced their retirement will raise concerns about a possible loss of young talent within the party.

Ms Davison had been brought into government by former Prime Minister Liz Truss and remained in her role when Rishi Sunak took over, with her prospects in the party appearing high.

She is also a prominent figure in the so-called red wall of former Labor strongholds that Boris Johnson managed to conquer for the Tories in the previous general election.

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In 2019, Ms Davison won Bishop Auckland with a majority of 7,962 – despite the constituency having always voted Labor since 1935.

Having become the eighth Tory MP to say they will no longer stand, the party braces for a growing exodus as opinion polls suggest the Conservatives face a huge challenge in restoring their popularity.

In his announcement, Sir Gary said a local replacement should be selected in the constituency “to give us the best chance of keeping this seat”, suggesting some doubt.

He won the seat with 21,430 votes over second-placed Labor in the 2019 general election.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to represent this constituency for over 30 years, but the time has come to step back and leave it to a younger person,” said the 67-year-old.

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