Britain is heading to the polls in December for one of the most fractious, divisive elections in a generation. After two years of Parliamentary battles and a souring of politics, more than 60 MPs have decided not to stand again. Some – like longest-serving MP Ken Clarke and Sir Winston Churchill’s grandson Nicholas Soames – are retiring after decades of service. But others have decided the venom and anger around Brexit are making them want to call it a day. Those include ex-Tory, ex-Change UK Lib Dem Heidi Allen – who says public life has been “utterly dehumanising” – and former Chancellor Philip Hammond. And key Tory Remainers like Amber Rudd and Nicky Morgan led an exodus of prominent female MPs complaining about abuse. Meanwhile Speaker John Bercow is finally bowing out after nearly a decade and 14,000 “ORDER”s in the grand chair in the House of Commons. And Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson came in late with a shock resignation, leaving as an MP altogether alongside his party post. Here’s the full list of MPs who’ve announced they are standing down so far. Some of the biggest names Tom Watson Tom Watson announced he is to stand down as… Read full this story
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