Chris Grayling to stand down as an MP after cancer diagnosis10/06/2023
Ex-Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to stand down as an MP at the next election after cancer diagnosis
- Former minister one of 40 Tories to announce they won’t defend seat next year
Former transport secretary Chris Grayling has become the latest MP to announce he is standing down at the next general election after he was diagnosed with cancer.
The ex-minister is among more than 40 Conservatives who have announced they will not defend their seat in a vote expected next year.
He said he had been successfully treated for prostate cancer earlier this year, but the diagnosis had led him to decide it was ‘time for a change’.
Mr Grayling has been MP for Epsom and Ewell since 2001 and served in both the Cameron and May administrations, most recently as transport secretary from 2016 to 2019.
In a statement posted on social media, Mr Grayling said: ‘I am writing to let you know that I told the Conservative Association AGM on Wednesday that I would not be standing again for Parliament at the next election.
Chris Grayling, pictured at the Conservative Party Conference earlier this week, has announced he will stand down as an MP at the next election
‘Earlier this year I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and although the treatment has been successful, it has prompted me to think that after 22 years it is time for a change.
‘The Association will now move ahead and select my successor as Conservative candidate.
‘I am very grateful to you for the support I have been given by you all over the years.
‘I will obviously carry on working as normal until the election and will hope to see you at one of the upcoming events.’
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