He advised Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of his choice in a letter, which is revealed in full beneath.
He wrote: “Expensive Rishi, I’m writing to let you know that I don’t intend to face for the Conservatives on the subsequent Normal Election. I’m very grateful for my dialog with the Chief Whip final week, by which he made clear he would restore the whip in the end, however that’s no longer vital.
“It has been an enormous honour to function Member of Parliament for West Suffolk over the previous twelve years. I’m very happy with what we achieved, together with the institution of three Free Faculties, dualling of the A11, supporting the horseracing trade, and increasing Newmarket Hospital. I’ll after all proceed to characterize all my constituents between now and the subsequent election.
“I’m extremely happy with what we achieved in my 9 years in Authorities: the huge enlargement of Apprenticeships, the introduction of Traineeships, assist for small and rising companies, the digitisation of public companies and beginning to set up guidelines for the digital financial system, restoring the nation’s funds, assist for the NHS with report numbers of medical doctors and nurses, and naturally the response to the pandemic: the primary vaccine on the planet, and a shorter lockdown, fewer jobs misplaced, and decrease mortality than comparable international locations.
“I’m extremely grateful for the loyal members of my crew in Suffolk, in Parliament, in Authorities, and within the NHS who helped make all this attainable. I’m proud to have supported you to grow to be Prime Minister and need you the perfect in going through the challenges forward.
“The Conservative Social gathering should now reconnect with the general public we serve. There was a time after I thought the one solution to affect the general public debate was in Parliament, however I’ve realised there’s much more to it than that. I’ve more and more come to imagine that for a wholesome democracy we should discover new methods to succeed in individuals – particularly those that are disengaged with politics. The revival of contemporary conservatism over the subsequent decade will I think happen as a lot exterior Parliament as in it.
“In my view, I wish to do issues in a different way. I’ve found a complete new world of potentialities which I’m excited to discover – new methods for me to speak with individuals of all ages and from all backgrounds. I stay up for championing the problems which are pricey to my coronary heart, together with higher assist for dyslexic youngsters who get a uncooked deal from the training system.
“It has been an honour to serve in Parliament and characterize the individuals of West Suffolk. I’ll play my half within the debate about the way forward for our nation and interact with the general public in new methods.”