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MP announces she will not run in next election


Dehenna Davison, the Conservative member for Bishop AucklandShe wants to devote more attention to her life outside of politics, she said.

The leveling minister had been is considered one of the rising stars of the Tory party after becoming the first CConservative MP for Bishop Auckland in 2019.

The 29-year-old said: “Throughout my adult life I have devoted most of my time to politics and helping to improve people’s lives. But, to be honest, it meant I didn’t have a normal life for a twenty-something.

“I’ve worked on, led and stood on so many election campaigns and since my election in 2019 I’ve given my all to be an MP.”

She added: “I will always be humbled to have had the opportunity to serve as a Member of Parliament. But now it feels like the time has come for me to dedicate myself more to life outside of politics – mainly to my family and their support as they have helped support me.

“That is why I will not stand as a candidate in the next parliamentary elections. Just for your peace of mind, until the election comes I will absolutely not be checking out. I will continue to serve my constituents to this day with the same enthusiasm and dedication as I pass the baton to the next person who will have the honor of representing the amazing people of Bishop Auckland.”

Ms Davison has been Parliamentary Secretary of State for Promotion since September.

During her time in Parliament she has campaigned for reform of the punishment for one-punch attacks, something close to her heart following the death of her father Dominic in 2007.

Ms Davison added: “I will always be grateful to the Conservative Party as a whole and to all the individual members who have supported me for giving a young, working-class girl from Sheffield the opportunity to serve as an MP. And I will always be passionate about politics as a means to create meaningful, lasting and positive change.

“Right now I’m not sure what my future holds beyond MP life, but when the time comes I’m really excited to find out.”

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