Tory Election 2019 EXODUS: Nicky Morgan will not stand in general election

MPs voted in the House of Commons on Tuesday evening for a general election on December 12, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson claimed it was the only way to break the Brexit deadlock. But, since the announcement of the vote, a huge number of MPs have announced they will not be standing in the national poll. Announcing her decision on Twitter, cabinet minister, Nicky Morgan, has said she will not run as a candidate in the next election.

The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, and Conservative MP for Loughborough, wrote: “For the first time in 18 years I won't be a candidate in the next General Election.

“I’ve loved being Loughborough's voice in Westminster since 2010 and being DCMS Secretary.

“I look forward to supporting the Prime Minister, Government, Conservative Party and my successor in the future.”

In her letter, the Tory MP wrote of the "clear impact on my family" and "abuse" she had faced as a politician. 

Nicky Morgan

Nicky Morgan will not stand in the general election (Image: NC)

Nicky Morgan

Nicky Morgan made the announcement on Wednesday evening (Image: GETTY)

The Tory MP also posted her letter to the party on Twitter, in which she explained she had made “the very difficult decision that I cannot commit to another five-year term and now is the time for me to stand aside and be at home far more”.

The letter read: “Being Loughborough’s MP has been the greatest privilege of my life.

“I love the constituency work and am confident that with the help of my brilliant staff since 2010 we have been able to help thousands of constituents with their problems and queries.

“Of course, being an MP offers many fantastic opportunities. Apart from the wonderful people I meet daily and the fabulous organisations I work with, I have always believed that it is through politics that real and positive change can be made to our communities and country.”

Nicky Morgan

Nicky Morgan referenced 'abuse' she has faced in her letter (Image: GETTY)

She continued: “But the clear impact on my family and the other sacrifices involved in, and the abuse for, doing the job of a modern MP and only be justified if, ultimately, Parliament does what it is supposed to do - represent those we serve in all areas of policy, respect votes cast by the electorate and make decision in the overall national interest.”

Ms Morgan also thanked former prime minister David Cameron and Conservative Party leader Boris Johnson for asking her to be part of their cabinet teams.

In her time as a Conservative MP, Ms Morgan has held the post of Culture Secretary, Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities.

Nicky Morgan letter

Nicky Morgan letter: In FULL (Image: TWITTER)

Amber Rudd

Amber Rudd announced she would not run in the election on Wednesday (Image: GETTY)

It came after Amber Rudd and Sir David Lidington earlier joined a long list of over 50 MPs to say that she would not be running in the next general election.

The Hastings and Rye MP, Ms Rudd, who had a majority of just 346 at the last election, said she was "moving on" and would not fight for her seat in the December 12 vote.

Ms Rudd resigned as Pensions Minister and surrendered the Conservative whip in Parliament last month in protest at Mr Johnson’s Brexit policy and his decision to expel 21 Tory MPs.

She told the Evening Standard: “I spoke to the Prime Minister and had a good meeting with him a few days ago. I’m really confident of my position.

Boris Johnson

A number of Tory MPs have said they will not run in the election (Image: GETTY)

“I will be leaving the House of Commons on perfectly good terms with the Prime Minister and I want him to succeed. I’m not finished with politics, I’m just not standing at this election.”

Sir David announced his decision to stand down in his local paper.

The Aylesbury MP told the Bucks Herald: “After a great deal of thought I have decided not to seek re-election at the forthcoming General Election. Politics imposes a heavy cost on family and private life.

"That is not a complaint: people who seek elected office do so voluntarily. But I have come to the conclusion that now is the right time for me to give a higher priority in terms of my time and energy, to Helen and my family who have given unstinting support to me during more than a quarter of a century in the House of Commons.

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Election news: General Election 2019 timetable (Image: NC)

"I want to do that while I am still active and in good health.

"It has been an amazing privilege to have represented the Aylesbury constituency for more than 27 years.

"This part of Buckinghamshire and the communities in it will have a special place in my heart as long as I live.”

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