Michael Gove and Andrea Leadsom resign as MPs as Tories abandon Rishi Sunak

Michael Gove and Dame Andrea Leadsom have joined the record exodus of Tory MPs leaving as Rishi Sunak faces a potentially disastrous general election.

Michael Gove and Dame Andrea Leadsom resign as MPs

Michael Gove and Dame Andrea Leadsom have announced they will not stand in the general election, as they join an unprecedented exodus of Conservative MPs.

Housing Secretary Mr Gove, who has served under four prime ministers, said it was time for a “new generation” to take the lead. Dame Andrea, the health minister, said she was also looking for “careful reflection”.

A whopping 80 Conservatives have now said they will resign before the July election.

When Rishi Sunak visited Belfast’s Titanic Quarter this afternoon, he was asked: “Are you the captain of a sinking ship heading into this election?”

Gove, 56, has been MP for Surrey Heath since 2005. He has held cabinet positions including justice secretary, education secretary, head of government and chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. In a letter to the president of his local party, he wrote: “I know that the toll office can collect, as do those closest to me. No one in politics is a recruit. We are volunteers who voluntarily choose their destiny. And the opportunity to Serving is wonderful, but there comes a time when you know it’s time to leave and a new generation must lead.”

Gove, who torpedoed Boris Johnson’s Conservative leadership campaign after the Brexit referendum, said he had “undoubtedly made mistakes” in his political career. But he said he was proud of his work, including his controversial reforms to the education system, which he said were “designed to build a country where everyone, regardless of their background, can become the author of their own life stories.” .

He continued: “Having the opportunity to serve as a Member of Parliament and Minister has been a great privilege. As a child in Aberdeen, I would never have imagined that I would have the opportunity to sit in the House of Commons, let alone around the table of the Cabinet My parents, who adopted me when I was four months old, raised me to believe that the opportunity to help others is the greatest gift you can give. That’s what four prime ministers asked me to serve the country in. their governments. honor of my life.”

Gove said he was “proud to have led the Vote Leave campaign alongside Boris Johnson… which secured the largest mandate in modern British history to vote to leave the European Union and take back control of our political destiny.” He dismissed criticism of Brexit, adding: “Fundamentally, our country is stronger with politicians in Westminster able to control our laws, our borders and our money.”

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