By George Stephens •
Published: 04 Oct 2019 • 11:20
Rory Stewart Steps Away
Former Conservative leadership candidate Rory Stewart has said he has quit the Conservative Party.
He will stand down at the next general election. The former Cabinet minister was among the 21 rebels who had the whip taken away by Boris Johnson when he went against the PM in the Commons by supporting a move designed to block a no-deal Brexit.
The Penrith and The Border MP ran against Mr Johnson in the race to lead his party in June, but this morning he announced his decision to quit.
He announced his retirement on Twitter tweeting,
“It’s been a great privilege to serve Penrith and The Border for the last ten years, so it is with sadness that I am announcing that I will be standing down at the next election and that I have also resigned from the Conservative Party,”
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