Seen as a rising star in the Tory party, Minister Dehenna Davison has joined a veteran Conservative in announcing she will step down at the next election.
Ms Davison, who became Bishop Auckland’s first Conservative MP in 2019, is the latest in a steady stream of Tories outlining their exit plans amid a poll slump.
The 29-year-old’s announcement came shortly after Sir Gary Streeter said he would no longer stand in the South West Devon constituency he has comfortably held since its conception in 1997.
She is a prominent figure in the so-called red wall of former Labor strongholds that Boris Johnson managed to conquer for the Tories in the last general election.
In a statement, Ms Davison said: “Throughout my adult life I have devoted the vast majority of my time to politics and helping to improve people’s lives.
“But honestly, it meant I haven’t had anything like a normal life for a twenties.
“I will always be humbled that I was given the opportunity to serve as an MP. But now the time feels right for me to pay more attention to life outside of politics – mainly to my family and to help support them as they helped me.
“That’s why I’m not running in the next general election.”
Ms Davison was brought into government by Liz Truss and continued in the role under Rishi Sunak when he took over as Prime Minister and her prospects in the party seemed high.
But becoming the seventh Tory MP to indicate they will not stand will further shock the party as it is well behind Labor in opinion polls.