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Conservative MPs Dehenna Davison and Sir Gary Streeter to step down at next election | Politics News

Two more conservative MPs have announced that they will not run in the next general election.

Dehenna Davison, 29, a settlement minister, is seen as one of North America’s rising stars Conservative Party party, so the news of her intention to step down will come as a surprise.

“Throughout my adult life, I have devoted the vast majority of my time to politics and to helping improve people’s lives,” the vicar of Bishop Auckland said in a statement to the Northern Echo.

“But, to be honest, that meant I didn’t have anything like a normal 20-year-old life.”

Davison’s announcement came shortly after Sir Gary Streeter announced that he would not stand again in the South West Devon constituency which he had comfortably controlled since its creation in 1997.

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Sir Gary Streeter also announced that he would not stand again

In his resignation statement, the former first deputy said he believed Prime Minister Rishi Sunak would “recover strongly from recent challenges”.

Two others, William Wrag, 34, and Chloe Smith, 40, confirmed earlier this week that they would not be vying for their seats either.

The relatively young age of the Tories who have announced they are stepping aside will raise concerns about the potential loss of young talent within the party.

Ms Davison was brought into government by former Prime Minister Liz Truss, and remained in the post when Rishi Sunak took over, with her prospects in the party looking high.

She is also a leading figure in the so-called red wall of former Labor strongholds Boris Johnson managed to take over the Conservative Party in the previous general election.

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In 2019, Ms Davison won Bishop Auckland by a majority of 7,962 – although the constituency has always voted Labor since 1935.

Having become the eighth Conservative MP to say he will not stand again, the party is preparing for an increasing exodus as polls suggest the Conservatives face a major challenge to regain their popularity.

In his announcement Sir Garry said that a local replacement should be chosen in the constituency “to give us the best chance of taking that seat”, hinting at some skepticism.

The seat was won by 21,430 votes over second-placed Labor in the 2019 general election.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to represent this constituency over 30 years ago, but the time has come to step back and let someone younger take over,” said the 67-year-old.

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