Conservative former Cabinet minister Sir Eric Pickles has joined the list of MPs who have said they will not be standing again in the General Election.
The former Bradford Council leader announced on his Twitter feed that he would not be the Tory candidate for Brentwood and Ongar, the Essex seat he has held since 1992.
Pickles off the menu as Tory heavyweight stands down
Sir Eric Pickles is the latest high-profile MP to announce he will be standing down ahead of the general election.
The former Conservative Party chairman will not defend his Brentwood and Ongar seat, which he has held for 25 years, joining prominent figures such as George Osborne and Alan Johnson on the sidelines.
In a tweet this morning, Sir Eric, 65, said: “Looking forward to #GE2017 as a canvasser, not a candidate. Thank you Brentwood and Ongar for your support and friendship over 25 years.”
Sir Eric Pickles to quit as MP
Sir Eric Pickles, the former Conservative Party chairman, has announced he is standing down as Brentwood and Ongar MP after 25 years.
The 65-year-old said he was going to “miss it dreadfully” but there always comes a point when things must end.
Sir Eric also served as secretary for communities and local government between 2010 and 2015.
He is one of several high-profile MPs who are standing down, including George Osborne and Alan Johnson.