Former Tory leadership candidate Rory Stewart will not seek re-election and has quit the party

Former Cabinet minister and Tory party leadership candidate Rory Stewart has announced he will be standing down as an MP at the next general election

He also revealed that he has resigned from the Conservative Party.

Mr Stewart was among more than 20 Conservative MPs stripped of the whip after they backed a bid to block a No Deal Brexit.

The former International Development Secretary had contested the leadership when Theresa May was forced to resign earlier this year.

This morning he said on Twitter: ‘”t’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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