Former Chancellor Philip Hammond standing down as an MP at General Election

Former chancellor Philip Hammond will stand down as an MP after announcing he won’t contest the 12 December general election.

He posted on Twitter: “It is with great sadness that I am today announcing my decision to stand down as Member of Parliament for Runnymede & Weybridge at the forthcoming General Election.”

Mr Hammond served as chancellor under Theresa May but resigned hours before Boris Johnson succeeded her as prime minister.

He was subsequently expelled as a Conservative MP – by having the Tory whip withdrawn by Mr Johnson – after he voted to block a no-deal Brexit.

In a letter to his constituents on Tuesday, Mr Hammond explained he could not bring himself to present a “direct challenge” to the Tories at the 12 December poll.