Mark Pawsey becomes 14th Tory MP to declare they will stand down at the next election as poll shows Labour 22 points ahead
Mark Pawsey has become the 14th Tory to declare they will quit the Commons at the next election - with Labour seemingly on track for a landslide win.
As a deadline set by Tory chiefs for politicians to declare their intentions passed last night, the Rugby and Bulkington MP said he had decided not to stand again.
With Labour miles ahead in the polls, the UK facing the worst fall in living standards in a generation, and constituency boundaries being redrawn many are mulling walking away from Parliament.
On Friday former Chancellor Sajid Javid become the most senior figure to announce his departure 'after much reflection'.
However, Liz Truss will not be joining pre-election exodus of Tory MPs. It is understood the former PM will defend her South West Norfolk seat despite the disastrous end to her brief spell in Downing Street.
Boris Johnson has also told his constituency association that he is intending to stay on.
Mark Pawsey has become the 14th Tory to declare they will quit the Commons at the next election
Labour has now been ahead in Redfield & Wilton Strategies polls for a year - with the latest gap 22 points
Others looking to life outside the Commons include Dehenna Davison - who stunned politics by capturing the Red Wall fortress of Bishop Auckland three years ago - William Wragg and Chloe Smith.
After he pulled out of the contest to succeed Liz Truss, leaving the way clear for Rishi Sunak to become PM, there was speculation Mr Johnson would opt to leave Parliament and take on more lucrative work in the private sector.
In a sign of the mountain he has to climb, Mr Sunak suffered a bloody nose in the Chester by-election last week - with Labour increasing its majority while the Tories recorded their worst performance in the seat for 190 years.
Mr Javid sealed Boris Johnson's fate when he resigned from Cabinet in the summer, with Rishi Sunak following him out of the door.
The former City banker was a candidate in the ensuing Tory leadership contest, but crashed out early. It was the second time he had failed in a bid for the top job.
Liz Truss will not be joining pre-election exodus of Tory MPs despite her disastrous time in Downing Street
On Friday former Chancellor Sajid Javid become the most senior figure to announce his departure 'after much reflection'