Conservative MPs Dehenna Davison and Sir Gary Streeter stand down at the next election |  News about politics

Conservative MPs Dehenna Davison and Sir Gary Streeter stand down at the next election | News about politics

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

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

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

“But to be honest, it’s meant I’ve had nothing like a normal life for a 20-year-old.”

Davison’s announcement came shortly after Sir Gary Streeter said he would not stand again in the South West Devon constituency he has comfortably held since its conception in 1997.

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Sir Gary Streeter
Sir Gary Streeter also announced that he would not stand again

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

Two others, William Wragg, 34, and Chloe Smith, 40, confirmed earlier this week that they would also not contest their seats.

The relatively young age of the Tories who have announced they will stand aside will raise concerns about a potential loss of young talent in the party.

Davison had been brought into government by former prime minister Liz Truss, and was retained in the role when Rishi Sunak took over, with her prospects in the party seemingly high.

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

In 2019, Davison won Bishop Auckland by a majority of 7,962 – despite the constituency always voting Labor since 1935.

After becoming the eighth Tory MP to say they will not stand again, the party is braced for a growing exodus as opinion polls suggest the Conservatives face an almighty challenge to restore their popularity.

In his announcement, Sir Gary said a local replacement in the constituency must be elected “to give us the best chance of keeping this seat”, hinting at some doubts.

He won the seat by 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 for me to step back and let a younger person take over,” the 67-year-old said.

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