Another Conservative MP has said he will not be standing at the next general election.
Chris Skidmore, the MP for Kingswood, said in a statement “there has been no greater honour in my life” than to represent the constituency, in southwest England.
“Parliamentary boundary changes will result in the Kingswood constituency ceasing to exist.
“With no alternative seat, I have decided that I do not wish to fight at another constituency elsewhere in the region or country, especially with a very young family who deserve to see more of their father in their lives”.
Mr Skidmore, 41, posted the statement under a tweet saying: “Some thoughts on the future…”.
He now wants to focus his career on the UK’s commitment to Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050 – for which he was responsible for legislating and signing into law, in his role as cabinet member for energy and clean growth.
“It is clear to me that Net Zero and tackling climate change will be the greatest challenge, yet also the greatest opportunity, of our generation,” he said.
“It is this opportunity – to demonstrate how we must protect our environment and climate for the future, at the same time as delivering a new clean and sustainable energy system that shifts us all away from fossil fuels – that I now wish to devote my attention to.
“Rather than step aside, I hope that in the future I can step up to continue to play my own small part in helping to deliver on the energy transition that the world needs.”
Mr Skidmore thanked his constituents for putting their “faith and trust in me to serve as their local MP”.
He served jointly at the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from 10 September 2019 to 13 February 2020.
He previously served in the Department of Health and Social Care and the Cabinet Office.
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