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06/11/2019 10:58 GMT | Updated 06/11/2019 21:07 GMT

All The MPs Who Are Standing Down At The General Election

Labour deputy leader Tom Watson is among the latest of more than 60 MPs quitting.

More than 60 MPs have announced they are standing down ahead of the December 12 general election, with some hinting at the toxic nature of modern politics during a wave of announcements.

Former cabinet minister Amber Rudd, who resigned from the cabinet and surrendered the Tory whip over Brexit in September, was among the series of high-profile parliamentarians to say last week they were getting out of Westminster.

She was followed by former cabinet colleague Nicky Morgan, the culture secretary, who alluded to the “clear impact on my family and the other sacrifices involved in, and the abuse for, doing the job of a modern MP”.

Tory former de-facto deputy prime minister Sir David Lidington and Conservative grandee Sir Patrick McLoughlin also said they would not seek re-election.

On Tuesday, former chancellor Philip Hammond announced he will quit parliament at the election and is “saddened” and “aggrieved” at having had the Conservative Party whip withdrawn.

In a dig at Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Hammond said: “The Conservartive Party that I have served has always had room for a wide range of opinions and has been tolerant of measured dissent.”

And Labour deputy leader Tom Watson on Wednesday became the biggest name in Jeremy Corbyn’s ranks to quit, saying he wanted to “start a different kind of life”. “The decision is personal, not political,” he said. 

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Some of the MPs who have announced their intention to stand down at the next election.

They followed Ken Clarke, the longest serving MP in the House of Commons, and the Speaker of the House John Bercow giving notice before the vote was called this week.

Underlining the fraught state of politics, Liberal Democrat MP Heidi Allen said she will not stand as she declared that Brexit has “broken our politics”.

The former Tory said she is “exhausted by the invasion into my privacy and the nastiness and intimidation that has become commonplace”, adding that lines are too often crossed and the effect is “utterly dehumanising”.

As of November 6, 68 MPs had announced they were standing down at the election with around two weeks before the deadline for candidates.

The total included 29 Conservatives, 21 from the Labour Party, 12 Independents, three Lib Dems, two from Change UK and Bercow.

Here’s a full list of those stepping aside:

NOTE: Story updated as more MPs have announced their decision to stand down. 

  • Heidi Allen
    Heidi Allen
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    Lib Dem MP for South Cambridgeshire
  • Ian Austin
    Ian Austin
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    Independent MP for Dudley North, who left the Labour Party in February
  • Adrian Bailey
    Adrian Bailey
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    Labour MP for West Bromwich West
  • Sir Kevin Barron
    Sir Kevin Barron
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    Labour MP for Rother Valley
  • Guto Bebb
    Guto Bebb
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    Independent MP for Aberconwy
  • Ann Coffey
    Ann Coffey
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    The Independent Group for Change MP for Stockport 
  • John Bercow
    John Bercow
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    MP for Buckingham and Commons speaker
  • Richard Benyon
    Richard Benyon
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    Conservative MP for Newbury
  • Roberta Blackman-Woods
    Roberta Blackman-Woods
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    Labour MP for City of Durham
  • Nick Boles
    Nick Boles
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    Independent MP for Grantham
  • Sir Henry Bellingham
    Sir Henry Bellingham
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    Conservative MP for North West Norfolk
  • Alistair Burt
    Alistair Burt
    ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Conservative MP for North East Bedfordshire
  • Sir Vince Cable
    Sir Vince Cable
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    Lib Dem MP for Twickenham
  • Ronnie Campbell
    Ronnie Campbell
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    Labour MP for Blyth Valley
  • Kenneth Clarke
    Kenneth Clarke
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    Independent MP for Rushcliffe 
  • Ann Clwyd
    Ann Clwyd
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    Labour MP for Cynon Valley
  • Jim Cunningham
    Jim Cunningham
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    Labour MP for Coventry South
  • Glyn Davies
    Glyn Davies
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    Conservative MP for Montgomeryshire
  • Charlie Elphicke
    Charlie Elphicke
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    Conservative MP for Dover and Deal
  • Gloria De Piero
    Gloria De Piero
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    Labour MP for Ashfield
  • Dame Louise Ellman
    Dame Louise Ellman
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    Independent MP for Liverpool Riverside
  • Sir Alan Duncan
    Sir Alan Duncan
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    Conservative MP for Rutland and Melton
  • Sir Michael Fallon
    Sir Michael Fallon
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    Conservative MP for Sevenoaks
  • Paul Farrelly
    Paul Farrelly
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    Labour MP for Newcastle-Under-Lyme
  • Mark Field
    Mark Field
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    Conservative MP for Cities of London and Westminster
  • Jim Fitzpatrick
    Jim Fitzpatrick
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    Labour MP for Poplar and Limehouse
  • Bill Grant
    Bill Grant
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    Conservative MP for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
  • Justine Greening
    Justine Greening
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    Independent MP for Putney
  • Andrew Griffiths
    Andrew Griffiths
    EMPICS Sport
    Conservative MP for Burton
  • Philip Hammond
    Philip Hammond
    ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Independent MP for Runnymede and Weybridge
  • Lady Sylvia Hermon
    Lady Sylvia Hermon
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    Independent MP for North Down
  • Richard Harrington
    Richard Harrington
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    Conservative MP for Watford
  • Peter Heaton-Jones
    Conservative MP for North Devon
  • Nick Hurd
    Nick Hurd
    ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Conservative MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner
  • Nick Herbert
    Nick Herbert
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    Conservative MP for Arundel and South Downs
  • Kate Hoey
    Kate Hoey
    EMPICS Entertainment
    Labour MP for Vauxhall
  • Sir George Hollingbery
    Sir George Hollingbery
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    Conservative MP for Meon Valley
  • Kelvin Hopkins
    Kelvin Hopkins
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    Independent MP for Luton North
  • Margot James
    Margot James
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    Conservative MP for Stourbridge
  • Jo Johnson
    Jo Johnson
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    Conservative MP for Orpington
  • Helen Jones
    Helen Jones
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    Labour MP for Warrington North
  • Seema Kennedy
    Seema Kennedy
    ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Conservative MP for South Ribble
  • Norman Lamb
    Norman Lamb
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    Lib Dem MP for North Norfolk
  • Mark Lancaster
    Conservative MP for Milton Keynes North 
  • Jeremy Lefroy
    Jeremy Lefroy
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    Conservative MP for Stafford
  • Sir Oliver Letwin
    Sir Oliver Letwin
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    Independent MP for West Dorset
  • Sir David Lidington
    Sir David Lidington
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    Conservative MP for Aylesbury
  • Ian Lucas
    Ian Lucas
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    Labour MP for Wrexham
  • John Mann
    John Mann
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    Labour MP for Bassetlaw 
  • Patrick McLoughlin
    Patrick McLoughlin
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    Conservative MP for West Derbyshire
  • Nicky Morgan
    Nicky Morgan
    ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Conservative MP for Loughborough
  • Sarah Newton
    Sarah Newton
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    Conservative MP for Truro and Falmouth
  • Jared O'Mara
    Jared O'Mara
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    Independent MP for Sheffield Hallam
  • Albert Owen
    Albert Owen
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    Labour MP for Ynys Mon
  • Teresa Pearce
    Teresa Pearce
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    Labour MP for Erith and Thamesmead
  • Stephen Pound
    Stephen Pound
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    Labour MP for Ealing North
  • Claire Perry
    Claire Perry
    ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Conservative MP for Devizes
  • Mark Prisk
    Mark Prisk
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    Conservative MP for Hertford & Stortford
  • Geoffrey Robinson
    Geoffrey Robinson
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    Labour MP for Coventry North West
  • Amber Rudd
    Amber Rudd
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    Independent MP for Hastings and Rye
  • Joan Ryan
    Joan Ryan
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    The Independent Group for Change MP for Enfield North
  • David Simpson
    David Simpson
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    DUP MP for Upper Bann
  • Keith Simpson
    Keith Simpson
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    Conservative MP for Broadland
  • Sir Nicholas Soames
    Sir Nicholas Soames
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    Conservative MP for Mid Sussex
  • Owen Smith
    Owen Smith
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    Labour MP for Pontypridd
  • Caroline Spelman
    Caroline Spelman
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    Conservative MP for Meriden
  • Rory Stewart
    Rory Stewart
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    Independent MP for Penrith and The Border
  • Sir Hugo Swire
    Sir Hugo Swire
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    Conservative MP for East Devon
  • Ross Thomson
    Ross Thomson
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    Conservative MP for Aberdeen South
  • David Tredinnick
    David Tredinnick
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    Conservative MP for Bosworth
  • Stephen Twigg
    Stephen Twigg
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    Labour MP for Liverpool West Derby
  • Keith Vaz
    Keith Vaz
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    Labour MP for Leicester East
  • Ed Vaizey
    Ed Vaizey
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    Conservative MP for Didcot and Wantage
  • Tom Watson
    Tom Watson
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    Labour MP for West Bromwich East
  • John Woodcock
    John Woodcock
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    Independent MP for Barrow and Furness