MPs Standing Down

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


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


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. Very brave of him I’m sure.

  2. Dan Byles
    ‘very brave of him I’m sure’

    You are talking rubbish
    Served in Kosovo and Bosnia and taken part in several very difficult adventures.

  3. David Ruffley in Bury St Edmunds standing down.

  4. Is Greg Barker standing down? I heard from somewhere that he was.

  5. Yes, Jim, announced after Greg was dropped from the cabinet. See:-


  6. He wasn’t in the Cabinet, ‘just’ a Minister.

  7. @John D:
    Thanks for this. It is correctly shown in Courier that he was; a minister, so mea culpa.

    I wonder what the ratio of Ministers to Cabinet members is?
    (2 to 1 ? just a guess)


  8. Mark Simmonds in Boston and Skegness standing down.

  9. Tory

    HH- I quite agree. Hague and IDS were both disastrous Tory leaders even when you factor in Blair’s popularity pre-2003. It is so easy to forget now but people were really beginning to wonder if the Conservative party had any future at the fag end of the IDS era. Howard steadied the ship just in time and although the 2005 campaign was deficient in many respects it was at least vaguely professional.

    Yes, that’s my analysis too. However Hague was disastrous because he was too young to be taken seriously and because of the circumstances he faced – Blair and New Labour were always going to win easily in 2001. Had he become leader later in his agree I’m sure he could have done well. IDS, on the other hand, simply was not leadership material. That was obvious at the time. Howard was a very competent politician but not an election-winner. The basic problem for the Tories during that period was Europe – it prevented them from electing Ken Clarke who was easily the most attractive candidate in every other respect.

  10. Tony Baldry in Banbury standing down.

  11. Chris Kelly in Dudley South standing down.

  12. 67 MPs are now retiring, plus 3 deselections.

  13. I have a feeling there’ll be a few more standing down who will announce in the coming months.

  14. *pedantry alert*

    Does Carswell count as a deselection?

  15. That’s a tricky one that yes. He was an MP anyway, but I wouldn’t know whether to include him in the deselection bracket…

  16. Carswell? No. Defecting has nothing to do with being deselected.

  17. Jim Dobbin, MP for Heywood and Middleton has passed away. Not sure if he had announced his retirement or was intending to stand again.

  18. He had indeed been reselected.

  19. If Scotland votes Yes will Jim Murphy and Alistair Darling be seeking English or Welsh constituencies in order that the can serve the full 2015 to 2020 term?

  20. Alistair Darling is known to be considering his future & I think that if Scotland does vote Yes he will almost certainly retire from politics.

  21. If Scotland were to vote Yes I could imagine very low turnouts in the 59 constituencies in 2015 (perhaps as low as European polls) which could throw up some odd and unexpected results.

  22. South Leciestershire MP Andrew Robathan going. Born in 1951, first elected in 1992 GE

  23. Dai Havard (Lab, Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney) has announced he won’t stand again.

  24. Brooks Newmark standing down in Braintree.

  25. Jeremy Browne standing down in Taunton Deane.

  26. Gerald Kaufman hasn’t announced his retirement yet… he’ll be 89 by the 2020 election!

  27. Alastair Darling standing down in Edinburgh South West.

  28. Hugh Bayley standing down in York Central.

  29. Ann Clwyd not now retiring and has been reselected in Cynon Valley.

  30. Con, Faversham & Mid Kent: Sir Hugh Robertson.

  31. Other recent announcements: Dave Watts (St Helens North), Robert Walter (North Dorset), Andy Love (Edmonton).

  32. Mark Hoban standing down in Fareham.

  33. It’s been announced Lindsay Roy has Parkinsons Diesease. Best wishes to him & his family.

  34. ‘Mark Hoban standing down in Fareham.’

    That’s surprising – he was predicted ti be one of the rising stars of the Right when first elected

  35. Well quite a lot of sacked ministers have decided to call it quits. He’s just the latest.

  36. Paul Murphy standing down in Torfaen.

  37. Francis Maude standing down in Horsham.

  38. Linda Riordan: Lab, Halifax.

  39. Stephen O’Brien standing down in Eddisbury.

  40. I thought there might be one or two last minute retirements but I didn’t expect this particular one. Seems a bit unhelpful to the local party to leave it so late to choose a replacement. James Arbuthnot announced his intention to retire in 2011 by way of comparison.

  41. Presumably he was waiting to see if he got appointed. Lansley was tipped but Number 10 didn’t want another By-election.

  42. I bet some of the Tory MPs likely to lose their seats in this area would have preferred a by-election in six months’ time.

  43. it’s been rumoured for a while. he should have announced it a long time ago.

  44. He has been forced by CLP’s anger to uturn again and he will stand afterall

  45. Isn’t this what someone on this site said to watch out for? People in safe seats standing down to parachute somebody in. I saw rumours that Blair was thinking of return to front line politics. Any ideas on where he might go?

  46. Euan or Cherie? 0% chance of Tony being an MP again. Maybe a Peer in a few years, although he’s self-important like Hezza who has attended once in 18 years.

  47. He’s changed his mind and will stand again!
    It struck me this week that there are some real bedblockers on the Labour side but presumably the party do n’t mind.

  48. Cherie Booth could stand in Bootle, as I think I am correct in saying she once lived in Waterloo.

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