Rishi Sunak’s internet zero tsar has change into the newest Tory MP to announce they won’t be working once more for parliament.
Chris Skidmore stated he wouldn’t be combating to search out one other constituency when anticipated boundary modifications abolish his Kingswood seat.
The 41-year-old is the ninth Tory MP to substantiate they won’t stand on the subsequent common election, which is anticipated in 2024.
His announcement got here simply 24 hours after levelling up minister Dehenna Davison and Gary Streeter introduced that they have been additionally becoming a member of the Conservative exodus.
Skidmore, who was first elected in 2010, stated: “With no various seat, I’ve determined that I don’t want to struggle one other constituency elsewhere within the area or nation, particularly with a really younger household who should see extra of their father of their lives.”
The previous science minister stated he now desires to concentrate on the UK reaching internet zero carbon emissions by 2050 as he undertakes a evaluation for Sunak.
“Slightly than step apart, I hope that sooner or later I can step as much as proceed to play my very own small half in serving to to ship on the power transition that the world wants,” he stated.
The comparatively younger ages of most of the Tories planning to give up has alarmed some throughout the get together.
Davison, who turned Bishop Auckland’s first Conservative MP in 2019, is 29, whereas Chloe Smith and William Wragg – who’re additionally standing down – are 40 and 34 respectively.
The get together is braced for a rising exodus as opinion polls recommend the Conservatives face an almighty problem to get well their reputation.