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He was subsequently expelled as a Conservative MP – by having the Tory whip withdrawn by Mr Johnson – after he voted to block a no-deal Brexit.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