Eight Labour Party MPs have announced they will not stand for re-election less than 48 hours after Theresa May signalled she was calling a vote.
And the exodus Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is facing is likely to get worse amid fears his party will face a hammering when the country goes the polls on June 8, since the party trails in some polls by 20%.
Gisela Stuart, a prominent Brexiteer during the EU referendum campaign, is the latest well-known figure to stand down, joining ex-Home Secretary Alan Johnson, one of the ‘big beasts’ of the New Labour years, among others.
Meanwhile, George Osborne has announced he is quitting as an MP “for now”, making him the most high-profile Tory to leave frontline politics. Three Tories in total and one Lib Dem are quitting.
Below is a list of the sitting Labour MPs that have already announced they are to stand down, with mayoral candidates Andy Burnham and Steve Rotherham also poised to stand aside if they win elections on May 4.
- 1Alan Johnson, Kingston upon Hull West and HessleMatthew Horwood via Getty Images
- 2Gisela Stuart, Birmingham EdgbastonAnadolu Agency via Getty Images
- 3Tom Blenkinsop, Middlesbrough and East ClevelandIan Forsyth via Getty Images
- 4Iain Wright, HartlepoolPA Wire/PA Images
- 5Andrew Smith, Oxford EastPA Archive/PA Images
- 6Rob Marris, Wolverhampton SouthFlying Colours via Getty Images
- 7Pat Glass, North West DurhamIan Forsyth via Getty Images
- 8Jim Dowd, Lewisham West and PengePA Archive/PA Images