Mark Area, Tory MP for the Cities of London and Westminster, has introduced he is not going to stand within the subsequent normal election as a result of “fractious and febrile” political environment over Brexit.
Area precipitated controversy this summer season after he was filmed manhandling an environmental protester on the chancellor’s Mansion Home speech.
Area, who has held the seat since 2001, stated in an announcement to his native affiliation he was happy with his status as a “reasonable, consensual MP, invariably eager to work successfully throughout get together strains to the good thing about constituents and communities alike”.
However he added: “Nevertheless, such a practical, co-operative method to public service has been examined to destruction within the fractious, febrile and deeply divisive aftermath to the EU referendum in 2016.
“I had dearly hoped that by the point of the following normal election these points would have been resolved. Nevertheless, it’s more and more clear that divisions over Brexit and our future relationship with the EU-27 will dominate and outline home politics for a few years to return.”
He stated his desire for ruling out a no-deal Brexit and his help for revoking article 50 with a view to restart the two-year clock and provides negotiations extra time put him at odds with Boris Johnson’s authorities.
He stated he would help the deal Johnson agreed on Thursday.
Area was been suspended from his position as a minister on the International Workplace by Theresa Might after the Mansion Home incident however was allowed to retain the Conservative get together whip.
When he took over as prime minister, Johnson sacked Area from his ministerial position but in addition dropped a Whitehall investigation into the manhandling of the protester, Janet Barker.
Chuka Umunna, the previous Labour MP, had stated he would stand in Area’s seat for the Liberal Democrats on the subsequent election. He advised the i newspaper final month that he felt he was a better option for the constituency because of his “liberal values” and opposition to Brexit.
Area held the seat with a majority of round three,000 in 2017.