Former environment secretary George Eustice to step down at next election | Politics News


Former environment secretary George Eustice is the latest Conservative to announce he will be standing down as an MP at the next election.

Mr Eustice said it was a "difficult decision" but after 15 years as the MP for Camborne and Redruth he wants to take the opportunity to have another career outside politics.

The senior Tory was secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs under Boris Johnson, from February 2020 until September 2022.

He becomes the latest Conservative to announce he will not be standing at the next election, due in January 2025, as he joins senior Tories including Sajid Javid, Dehenna Davison, William Wragg and Douglas Ross.

Announcing his decision, Mr Eustice said: "By the time of the next election, I will have been in politics for 25 years, including almost 15 years as a member of parliament.

"I will also be 53 and I want the opportunity to do a final career outside politics so have decided not to seek re-election. This has been a difficult decision for me.

"I feel a deep bond to the area where my family have lived for over 400 years and it has been an honour to represent my home towns, but it is important that the Conservatives are able to select a new candidate in good time.

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"There are still almost two years left of the current parliament and I will be doing my utmost throughout that time to help my constituents and deliver for Cornwall."

Mr Eustice's family has a fruit farm in Cornwall, which he worked for before becoming an MP in 2010 when the Camborne and Redruth constituency was established.

He won with just a 66-vote majority - the smallest of any Tory in 2010 - before winning a further three elections to gain an 8,700 majority at the last one in 2019.

The MP supported Brexit and resigned as minister for agriculture, fisheries and food in 2019 in protest over then-prime minister Theresa May's promise to allow MPs a vote on delaying Brexit if her deal failed to get through.


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