All the MPs who quit in week one of the election campaign

Candidates quit during election campaign
It’s been a somewhat tumultuous begin to the normal election campaign for some (Picture: PA/Reuters)

The second week of the normal election campaign is off to a memorable begin with abandoning his plan to contest 600 seats.

His occasion’s numbers had been starting to dwindle after a quantity of candidates stood down or obtained the boot over the Leave ‘split’ row.

But who else jumped ship on week one of the election campaign?

Leave candidates who quit in week one

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage speaking at the Best Western Grand Hotel in Hartlepool. PA Photo. Picture date: Monday November 11, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Election. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
chief Nigel Farage instructed an viewers in Hartlepool he gained’t be standing candidates in Tory seats (Picture: PA)

Party: Elaine Adams

Why did she quit?

Ms Adams grew to become the newest Brexit occasion candidate to face down for not wanting to separate the Leave vote.

Nigel Farage deserted a plan to face candidates in 600 seats throughout the whereas underneath rising stress to clear the approach for the Tories on 12 December.



Ms Adams was resulting from stand in the knife-edge constituency of Telford however quit amid rising fears her occasion may scupper ’s hopes of a majority.

She introduced she can be quitting on Twitter, the place she stated: ‘We can not permit the Labour Party into energy by default.

‘The Brexit Party and Nigel Farage have done so much to #changepoliticsforgood.’

Brexit Party: Paul Brothwood

Why did he quit?

Mr Brothwood was one of three Brexit candidates to quit on day one of the occasion’s election campaign over ‘splitting the vote’.

He stood apart in the marginal Dudley South seat, in the West Midlands, in order to again sitting Conservative MP Mike Wood.

Paul Brothwood
Paul Brothwood stood apart in the marginal Dudley South seat, in the West Midlands, in order to again sitting Conservative MP Mike Wood

Brexit Party: Stephen Peddie

Why did he quit?

The occasion’s decide for Tonbridge and Malling in Kent, quit simply hours after Mr Brothwood and publicly attacked Brexit Party chief Nigel Farage on Twitter, accusing him of pursuing a ‘fantastical and dangerous strategy’.

Mr Peddie stated: ‘I resigned as a PPC as a result of I nervous the Brexit Party was evolving from a nationwide asset to a nationwide risk.

‘I suspect I’m removed from alone.’

Brexit Party: Dan Day-Robinson

Why did he quit?

Mr Day-Robinson, who was standing in Devizes, Wiltshire, quit for private causes, after discovering his associate was pregnant.

Daniel Rudd Stoke North Brexit Party candidate is racist **PHOTO TAKEN WITHOUT PERMISSION**
Brexit Party candidate Daniel Rudd was deselected after offensive Tweets had been uncovered from his account

Brexit Party: Jill Hughes



Why did she quit?

Ms Hughes, the candidate for Batley and Spen, stood down earlier than campaigning started after the Hope Not Hate campaign revealed she had a quantity of uncommon beliefs together with that she ‘came from a star’ and she believes world governments are working with aliens.

Brexit Party: Daniel Rudd

Why did he quit?

The candidate for Stoke-on-Trent North was deselected after offensive Tweets had been uncovered from his account in which he stated animal testing ought to be carried out on Remain voters.

Mr Rudd additionally referred to immigrants as ‘gimmie-grunts’ who simply ‘take what they can’ and stated Africans ‘were essentially a commodity for sale by their own kind to the highest bidder’.

BBC Radio Norfolk talk show host Nick Conrad has been forced to apologise following an explosive live debate about the future of ex-Sheffield United striker Evans, 25, after he was freed from jail. Conrad said women were partially responsible for men acting upon their desires if they "gave out the wrong signals" .The experienced local BBC presenter said on air: "But what I'm trying to say is that women also have to understand that when a man's given certain signals he'll wish to act upon them and if you don't wish to give out the wrong signals it's best probably to keep your knickers on and not get into bed with him. His remarks outraged Toni Lawton, project manager at Norwich-based Sweet Arts, which works with domestic and sexual abuse victims, including rape victims.
Ex-BBC Radio Norfolk speak present host Nick Conrad stepped down over feedback made in 2014 about rape (Picture: Archant)

Nick Conrad

Why did he quit?

The former BBC radio host stood down days after quitting his job to develop into a Conservative candidate over historic feedback he made throughout a dialogue on rape.

Mr Conrad – who hosted BBC Radio Norfolk’s breakfast present and made the feedback in 2014 – was condemned for claiming that ‘women should keep their knickers on’ to keep away from being sexually assaulted.

The remark, which drew widespread condemnation at the time, was made throughout a debate which targeted on the case of footballer Ched Evans, who was convicted and later cleared of a rape cost.

He was on the shortlist to contend the 12 December election for the constituency of Broadland, Norfolk, however stepped down after the PM criticised his remarks.


Charlie Elphicke

Why did he quit?

The Tory MP – who has represented the Dover constituency since 2010 – misplaced the occasion whip in 2017 when two ladies alleged he had sexually assaulted them.

He denies the allegations and was readmitted to the Conservative Party in December, however was suspended for a second time when he was formally charged with sexual assault in July 2019.

He stepped down and might be changed by his spouse Natalie Elphicke, who will run as the Tory candidate for the seat.

Elphicke is accused of a sexual assault towards one girl in 2007 and two assaults towards a distinct girl inside a week of one another in 2016.

He has vowed to battle the claims in courtroom.

In a press release on his choice to step down, he stated the ‘sacred British principle’ of being deemed harmless till confirmed responsible had been misplaced.

Conservative MP for Dover Charlie Elphicke, with his wife Natalie Ross, leaving Southwark Crown Court in London where he appeared for a pre-trial hearing after entering not guilty pleas to three charges of sexual assault.
Conservative candidate Charlie Elphicke was changed by his spouse in the campaign for the Dover seat as he faces allegations of sexual assault (Picture: PA)

Conservative: Phillip Hammond

Why did he quit?

The former chancellor introduced he was quitting politics after 22 years as an MP.

Mr Hammond resigned as chancellor hours earlier than Boris Johnson succeeded Theresa May as prime minister.

He was then expelled from the occasion together with 21 Tory MPs who had the whip eliminated by Mr Johnson after rebelling by voting to dam a no-deal Brexit.

He was not one of the 10 Tories to be reinstated earlier than the General Election announcement – that means he wouldn’t have been in a position to stand as a Conservative candidate at the election.


Announcing his choice to resign on Twitter, he stated: ‘I remain a Conservative and I cannot embark upon a course of action that would represent a direct challenge in a General Election to the party I have supported all my adult life.’

Antony Calvert

Why did he quit?

The Conservative candidate – standing in the Labour-held seat of Wakefield – stepped down after historic social media posts emerged in which he made controversial feedback about foodbanks and feminism.

Among his posts, he stated that if former Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi wished to stroll the streets unrecognised, he ought to ‘surely have fled to Bradford’.

He additionally as soon as posted that Labour’s Harriet Harman needed to cease ‘banging on about wholly and utterly irrelevant feminist issues’ and claimed that ‘if there was a reason to be involved in public office’ it was to reveal ‘ludicrous’ claims of meals poverty in the UK.

Brexit Party: Philip Walling

Why did he quit?

The Brexit Party candidate hoping to safe the key Workington seat was dumped from the occasion after taking to Twitter to say he was backing Boris Johnson.

epa07814445 Former British Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond departs 10 Downing Street following a meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson in London, Britain, 03 September 2019. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing a vote in parliament over stopping a no deal Brexit. EPA/ANDY RAIN
Former chancellor Philip Hammond introduced his choice to step down in consequence of dropping the whip (Picture: EPA)

Labour: Gideon Bull

Why did he quit?

Labour’s candidate in Brexit-supporting Clacton, Essex, pulled out of the election after being accused of making an anti-Semitic remark to a colleague at Haringey Council.

He has denied he used the time period ‘Shylock’ to explain a Jewish councillor and stated he didn’t realise the Shakespearean character was a Jew.

Mr Bull argued he used the phrase throughout a non-public assembly ‘when referring to a housing decision being called in by backbenchers’.

He stated: ‘I used to be not referring to the councillor, who was not half of the call-in.

‘When she politely informed me that this saying was offensive, I immediately apologised and explained that I did not know that Shylock was Jewish and I would never have mentioned Shylock if I had known this.’

Remain candidates who quit in week one

Labour: Keith Vaz

Why did he quit?

Labour MP Keith Vaz introduced he will stand down after being suspended over a cocaine scandal in 2016.

A Commons inquiry final month discovered Mr Vaz ‘expressed willingness’ to purchase cocaine for 2 male escorts whereas posing as a washer salesman.

He confirmed he can be retiring from his Leicester East seat after 32 years, saying: ‘It has been an honour and a privilege to serve my constituency since I got here to the metropolis in 1985.

‘I want to thank the people of Leicester East for their absolute loyalty and support.’

Keith Vaz standing down
Labour MP Keith Vaz has represented the Leicester East seat for 32 years (Picture: EPA)

Labour: Kate Ramsden

Why did she quit?

The Labour candidate for Gordon in Scotland quit following the emergence of a weblog put up likening Israel to a baby abuser.

She is accused of writing: ‘To me the Israeli state is like an abused baby who turns into an abusive grownup.

‘Like child abuse it has to stop… as we intervene with child abusers the international community needs to intervene with Israel.’

Labour: Frances Hoole

Why did she quit?

Scottish Labour candidate, Frances Hoole, was dropped over a social media put up attacking her SNP opponent.

The occasion refused to endorse her after she posted a picture on social media of her SNP rival, Joanna Cherry, being focused with a bleach spray.

She has apologised.

High profile MPs standing down

Nicky Morgan

The announcement a member of the cupboard can be standing down got here as a shock to the political group.

Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan stated ‘the clear impact on my family’ and the ‘abuse of doing the job of a modern MP’ had been behind her choice to step down.

She had represented Loughborough for the Conservatives since 2010 and was beforehand training secretary.

In a put up on Twitter, she stated: ‘For the first time in 18 years I won’t be a candidate in the subsequent General Election.

‘I’ve liked being Loughborough’s voice in Westminster since 2010 and being DCMS Secretary – and I sit up for supporting the PM, Government, Conservative Party and my successor in the future.’

Heidi Allen

Former Tory-turned-Independent Group-turned-Lib Dem MP Heidi Allen quit over the ‘toxic atmosphere of Brexit’.

Ms Allen, who has represented South Cambridgeshire since 2015, stated she is ‘exhausted by the invasion into my privacy and the nastiness and intimidation that has become commonplace’.

She knowledgeable her constituents of her choice in a letter, saying it left her feeling ‘heartbroken’.

The ex-MP left the Tories earlier this yr over its dealing with of Brexit and helped arrange the Independent Group for Change – now Change UK – with different cross occasion defectors, calling for a second referendum.

On 9 October, she introduced she had joined the Lib Dems.

Sir Vince Cable

The former chief of the Lib Dems stated earlier this yr that he will now retire as an MP.

He has represented Twickenham since 1997 and served as enterprise secretary in the coalition authorities with the Conservatives.

Although he misplaced his south-West London constituency seat in 2015, after voters punished his occasion for going into coalition with the Tories, he reclaimed it in 2017.

John Bercow

John Bercow ended his tenure as Speaker of the House of Commons final month.

After quitting his put up, Mr Bercow lastly nailed his colors to the mast and declared Brexit to be ‘the biggest foreign policy mistake in the post-war period’.

As Speaker, he was supposed to stay neutral whereas chairing proceedings in the chamber.

But after stepping down from the function, he stated Brexit will do huge hurt to the UK’s international standing.

Ken Clarke

Father of the House Ken Clarke, has stated he might be stepping down after greater than 20 years in authorities.

Mr Clarke served underneath Cameron, Thatcher and John Major however discovered himself with the whip eliminated by Boris Johnson after voting towards the authorities in a vote to dam a no-deal Brexit.

Sir Nicholas Soames

The grandson of Winston Churchill additionally had his whip withdrawn and was successfully kicked out of the occasion by the PM and was near tears as he introduced he can be standing down final month.

The Mid Sussex MP stated he was ‘truly sad that it should end this way’.

Jo Johnson

The prime minister’s brother, who has been an MP for 9 years, quit the cupboard in dramatic trend in September.

The MP for Orpington stated there was an ‘unresolvable tension’ between ‘family loyalty and the national interest’.

Rory Stewart

Former Tory management contender Mr Stewart stated he might be standing down as MP for Penrith and The Border, which he has served since 2010.

He is hoping it gained’t mark the finish of his political profession, as he focuses his efforts on taking over Sadiq Khan to develop into mayor of London as an impartial.

Amber Rudd

The former residence secretary introduced her departure from the House of Commons final month however stated she is ‘not finished with politics’.

The MP for Hastings and Rye had quit the occasion to take a seat as an impartial following the sacking of 21 of her colleagues by Boris Johnson, saying she couldn’t ‘stand by while loyal, moderate MPs’ had been purged from the occasion.

Justine Greening

Brexit insurgent Justine Greening additionally introduced she can be stepping down final month.

She launched a scathing evaluation of Boris Johnson’s premiership at the time, saying the Conservative Party was ‘narrowing down its appeal’ to folks throughout the nation.



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