MPs Standing Down

The following MPs have indicated their intention to stand down from Parliament at the next election.
Last updated 28th December 2014

Conservatives

Aldridge-Brownhills - Sir Richard Shepherd
Banbury - Sir Tony Baldry
Bexhill & Battle - Greg Barker
Boston & Skegness - Mark Simmonds
Braintree - Brooks Newmark
Bury St Edmunds - David Ruffley
Cannock Chase - Aiden Burley
Cardiff North - Jonathan Evans
Charnwood - Stephen Dorrell
Croydon South - Sir Richard Ottaway
Dudley South - Chris Kelly
Erewash - Jessica Lee
Havant - David Willetts
Hertsmere - James Clappison
Hove - Mike Weatherley
Louth & Horncastle - Sir Peter Tapsell
Mid Worcestershire - Sir Peter Luff
North Dorset - Robert Walter
North East Hampshire - James Arbuthnot
North Warwickshire - Dan Byles
North West Hampshire - Sir George Young
Northampton South - Brian Binley
Richmond (Yorks) - William Hague
South Cambridgeshire - Andrew Lansley
South East Cambridgeshire - Sir Jim Paice
South Leicestershire - Andrew Robathan
South Ribble - Lorraine Fullbrook
South Suffolk - Tim Yeo
South Thanet - Laura Sandys
Tonbridge & Malling - Sir John Stanley
Uxbridge & Ruislip South - Sir John Randall
Wealden - Charles Hendry

Labour

Aberavon - Hywel Francis
Aberdeen North - Frank Doran
Ashton Under Lyne - David Heyes
Batley & Spen - Mike Wood
Blackburn - Jack Straw
Bootle - Joe Benton
Bradford South - Gerry Sutcliffe
Bristol South - Dame Dawn Primarolo
Coventry North East - Bob Ainsworth
Dulwich & West Norwood - Dame Tessa Jowell
Edinburgh South West - Alistair Darling
Ellesmere Port & Neston - Andrew Miller
Falkirk - Eric Joyce*
Glenrothes - Lindsay Roy
Gower - Martin Caton
Great Grimsby - Austin Mitchell
Greenwich & Woolwich - Nick Raynsford
Hampstead & Kilburn - Glenda Jackson
Holborn & St Pancras - Frank Dobson
Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath - Gordon Brown
Leeds East - George Mudie
Lewisham, Deptford - Dame Joan Ruddock
Neath - Peter Hain
Salford & Eccles - Hazel Blears
Sheffield, Brightside & Hillsborough - David Blunkett
Sheffield, Heeley - Meg Munn
Southampton, Itchen - John Denham
St Helens South & Whiston - Shaun Woodward
Stirling - Anne McGuire
Stoke-on-Trent North - Joan Walley
Swansea East - Sian James
Workington - Sir Tony Cunningham
York Central - Hugh Bayley

*Eric Joyce was elected as a Labour MP but resigned from the Labour party in 2012 after pleading guilty to four charges of assault.

Liberal Democrat

Bath - Don Foster
Berwick-upon-Tweed - Sir Alan Beith
Brent Central - Sarah Teather
Gordon - Sir Malcolm Bruce
Hazel Grove - Sir Andrew Stunell
Mid Dorset and North Poole - Annette Brooke
North East Fife - Sir Menzies Campbell
Redcar - Ian Swales
Somerton & Frome - David Heath
Taunton Deane - Jeremy Browne

Plaid Cymru

Dwyfor Meirionnydd - Elfyn Lloyd

Comments - 455 Responses on “Retirements”
  1. I’d heard similar to SBJME19 that he wants to stand again. As Lancs Observer says on the self importance, I’m not sure Tony would feel happy in the Lords.

  2. Just had a thought about David Miliband,
    Does anyone know if he is biding his time?

  3. Perhaps we should remember that Blair was parachuted into Parliament by being selected for the safe seat of Sedgefield in the last days before the 1983 General Election. Labour has “previous” for selecting candidates at the last moment to avoid proper scrutiny and debate. We should look carefully for political flaws in any candidates selected by the major parties, any of them, at this point.

  4. Jim McGovern standing down in Dundee West.

  5. 91 MPs standing down/not reselected in total now, so above list is rather out of date.
    Standing down:
    39 Labour
    36 Conservative
    10 Lib Dem
    1 Plaid Cymru
    1 Sinn Fein
    1 Independent – Eric Joyce
    Not reselected:
    2 Conservative
    1 Lib Dem

  6. I have 88 retirements excluding deselections.

  7. This badly needs updating… I think there is one signalled retirement so far..

  8. Sir Simon Burns (C), Chelmsford

  9. Ronnie Campbell has also been reported, though this was – like Ken Clarke – more him saying during or just after the campaign that it was his last election. I’m not sure that fully counts as an announced retirement.

  10. I wonder how the brexit fall-out might affect this list, not now but in two or three years’ time? Do people think Cameron and Osborne will stand at the next election?

  11. ‘Do people think Cameron and Osborne will stand at the next election?’

    I very much doubt it

    As with most modern PM’s, I would have thought Cameron will step down in 2020 and Osborne will turn his attention to making some serious money and follow suit

  12. I agree, I think that’s a fairly safe bet.

  13. I’d be very surprised if Cameron and Osborne stand again. Their careers as MPs have peaked and there is no way back really. Neither of them are likely to enjoy making awkward speeches from the backbenches like Ted Heath did during his long post-PM career. Cameron will probably do some work to promote the life chances agenda he never really implement, but that won’t necessarily require him to stay as an MP beyond the next election. After a short time out I imagine Osborne will get a big international job – he may even leave the Commons to take one before 2020 to take one. I’d also expect quite a few of the other axed Cameroons to retire. Gove might stay on, though, and I wouldn’t rule out him making a frontbench comeback at some point.

  14. Suppose the problem for Gove is why he was binned. If it’s because May feels he’s untrustworthy, due to knifing Boris, then he may not get another chance short of a change of leader.

  15. That will be two plum seats then, although I believe Tatton was rather messed about with in the zombie review.

  16. I think Clegg will depend on whether the Libdems look like making a convincing comeback. Not sure about Gove.

  17. I expect Ed Miliband to stand again.

  18. I think Gove is a bit of a parliamentary purist and, whether or not he gets back on the front bench, will probably enjoy backbench life more than Cameron and Osborne.

    Miliband might stand again, but probably not if Labour are still on their current trajectory. I think he’d still quite fancy a senior cabinet job in a future Labour govt. Hague and IDS have set a precedent for failed Leaders of the Opposition to make comebacks.

  19. Jim Callaghan stayed on for eight years – two four year terms.

    The first was just after he’d been defeated as PM (and he remained as Labour leader for just over a year).

    His second term made him Father of the House. He stood down then in 1987, having first been elected in 1945.

  20. ‘I think Gove is a bit of a parliamentary purist and, whether or not he gets back on the front bench, will probably enjoy backbench life more than Cameron and Osborne.’

    I agree

    Gove seems to like the parliamentary lifestyle – and no doubt the perks that go with it – and could hansomely supplement his backbench MP’s salary with a couple of directorships and the odd newspaper column

    I’d expect him to stay on in 2020

  21. Wikipedia has Oliver Letwin, Pat Glass and Ronnie Campbell standing down.

  22. ”I think Mili will probably stand down”’

    Ed Miliband is relatively young so I’m pretty sure he’ll be in the next Labour government for a term then stand down as an MP!

  23. ‘Ed Miliband is relatively young so I’m pretty sure he’ll be in the next Labour government for a term then stand down as an MP!’

    You should have added – ‘due to old age’

  24. I have over a dozen listed as Retiring in 2020.

    But it’s only going by what they told the local media rather than a formal letter to the local Assoc or CLP.

  25. Incidentally I hear on the grapevine that an MP will be stepping down this year.

    Whilst I realise the GE was unexpected, other than illness I can’t think of many good excuses. Although I realise since TB, Mandy, Mensch, DC, Hunt – MPs just do what they like.

    Only that I was told in confidence by an ex-colleague who I exchange info with, I was very tempted to just type the name up or at least type the above on his/her constituency page (as I don’t feel it’s in bad taste to discuss the implications as is the case if a politician is terminally ill).

  26. Would a By-Election in their seat be an interesting election or not.

  27. Is this Guess Who? 650 edition. Are they wearing glasses?

  28. Ha ha.

  29. As I suggested I was tempted to give a clue or more as to their identity, but given the good array of knowledge of posters one of you would no doubt guess the Member (whereas the public wouldn’t if I said eg new or female or from the blue side or not old or is known to be difficult – incidentally they are not necessarily clues).

  30. I’ll guess Theresa Villiers?

  31. No that would be suicude surely. If the polls are still like this almost certain Labour gain leaving the Tories 9 short of a majority

  32. Well again you tempt me to give you a clue.

    But no that wouldn’t happen is the only clue I will give.

  33. Ken Clarke?

  34. Cant see him quiting before Brexit happens. Unless he is shuffled out for Ruth Davidson to have his seat.

  35. OK here are a few more ‘shock’ possibilities for standing down at the next election I will proceed to list-
    1. Jeremy Hunt
    2. Ed Miliband
    3. Anna Soubry
    4. Philip Hammond
    5. Michael Gove
    6. Andrea Leadsom
    7. Boris Johnson
    8. Justine Greening
    9. Chuka Umunna
    10. Kate Hoey

  36. Kate Hoey going in 2022 is quite possible. The next election would require trigger ballots and they is a fair chance her CLP will deselect her.
    Soubry’s seat is a big Labour target for next time.

  37. Probably someone who didnt think theyd win and doesnt want to be an MP

  38. Ben Bradley? Lee Rowley? Paul Masterton?

  39. Theresa May. I called it first.

  40. My only clue is that The Results hasn’t named them in either list of 13.

    I think just on age Soubry & Hoey could go in 2022 and even receive Peerages, although perhaps both by the other side or they’ll sit as crossbenchers .

  41. Is it someone with a safe seat?

  42. John Bercow

  43. Really?

  44. John Woodcock? (would fit the profile of ‘not expecting to hold their seat’ anyway)

  45. I think we discussed this before and as a man who suffers from depression being an MP is probably a big drive for him

  46. Could it be the member for a merseyside seat who has stepped back from her commons role.

  47. Or the member for the Kent seat the Torries gained in 2005 as said member is the only non Northern Irish MP not to have taken the outh yet.

  48. You mean Adam Holloway?

  49. Yes.

  50. Adam Holloway took the oath earlier today.

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