Theresa May resigns: Former PM and Maidenhead MP to face down at subsequent election | EUROtoday

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Former prime minister Theresa May has introduced that she’s going to step down as an MP within the subsequent normal election, ending her 27-year stint in parliament.

In a press release to a neighborhood newspaper in her Maidenhead constituency, Ms May admitted it was a “challenging decision” to step away from politics.

She advised the Maidenhead Advertiser she had taken the choice to “focus on causes close to her heart including her work on the Global Commission on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking”.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to serve everyone in the Maidenhead constituency as the Member of Parliament for the last 27 years,” she stated.

“Being an MP is about service to one’s constituents and I have always done my best to ensure that I respond to the needs of local people and the local area.”

Theresa May led the nation via the Brexit years


Ms May was first elected because the MP for Maidenhead in 1997, ultimately occurring to function the second ever feminine prime minister from July 2016 to July 2019.

She earned a repute for her robust stance on immigration and legislation and order points throughout her time as house secretary underneath then-prime minister David Cameron between 2010 and 2016 earlier than succeeding him within the high function.

But her time period in Downing Street was reduce brief after a turbulent three years the place she was dubbed the ‘Maybot’ for her robotic interview type, and her tenure was dominated by wrangling over Brexit negotiations.

In the snap election of 2017 she misplaced her parliamentary majority, but she clung on at No 10 courtesy of a pact with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

Ms May formally stepped down as prime minister on 24 July 2019 after Boris Johnson gained the Conservative Party management contest and succeeded her because the nation’s prime minister.

Theresa May and her soon-to-be successor Boris Johnson pictured in 2017

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In her assertion on Friday, she stated: “As I pass the baton on I will be working with my successor to secure a Conservative victory in Maidenhead.

“I remain committed to supporting Rishi Sunak and the government and believe that the Conservatives can win the election.

“I would like to thank all those who chose me to represent them as their Member of Parliament.”

Labour MP Jess Phillips stated that there was “something very classy” in regards to the former prime minister asserting her resignation “in the Maidenhead advertiser first”.

Posting on social media web site, X, the Labour MP stated:

“Love her or loathe Theresa May politics, she was famed for being a responsive and involved local MP.”

And Sir David Lidington, who served within the cupboard uder Ms May, stated she might be a “loss to the House of Commons”.

“She’s been somebody who, in my experience, has been more, has had her politics more rooted in a genuine ethic of public service than many, many others that I have worked with over the years,” he advised Times Radio.

He added: “She’s played a really constructive, and active role as a very senior backbencher for the PM….but I think the decision to stand down, it is not too surprising that she has been a member of Parliament since 1997. That’s a good long stint.”

Ms May has lengthy campaigned on fashionable slavery and human trafficking, and launched her Global Commission on the problems in October, backed by the UK and Bahrain governments.

In her assertion, she stated she the causes near her coronary heart have been taking an “increasing amount of her time”.

“Because of this, after much careful thought and consideration, I have realised that, looking ahead, I would no longer be able to do my job as an MP in the way I believe is right and my constituents deserve,” she stated.

Energy minister Andrew Bowie has posted a tribute to Ms May on his social media.

Posting on X, he stated:

“I’m so sorry to see the woman I was proud to call boss and remain proud to call a friend standing down from Parliament. It will leave the House of Commons a lesser place.

He added “Her dedication to her constituency, her country and her Party is unmatched. Thank you Theresa.”

Exchequer secretary Gareth Davies stated he was “sad to see her go” however that he wished her nicely. Speaking to Sky News, Mr Davies stated:

“I’m personally sad to see her go. I think it’s very good when former leaders stay in the house of commons and contribute to debates and she’s certainly brought a lot to debate since she stood down and so I’m very sad personally but wish her well and I think she’s justified in it moving on after 27 years.”

Shadow girls and equalities minister Anneliese Dodds stated Theresa May’s resolution to face down was additional proof of a insecurity in Rishi Sunak.

She advised GB News: “This is obviously a very significant decision from Theresa May to stand down at the next election.

“As you said, it is a surprise but of course we’ve heard this from a large number of Conservative sitting MPs. They’ve decided not to stand for the next election, and I think that does reveal that frankly there’s no confidence in Rishi Sunak, nor indeed in the Conservative Party to be a party of government for the future.

“I think this really strengthens those calls for change, those calls for a general election.”

A former minister underneath Theresea May’s authorities, Margot James, paid tribute to her former boss and referred to as for her to hitch the House of Lords.

Posting on social media web site, X, Ms James referred to as Ms May a “woman of great integrity who has given great service to the country and to Maidenhead” and added:

“I hope she takes up a seat in the Lords to continue her excellent work for women and victims of modern slavery.”