Nadine Dorries has become the latest Tory MP to announce that she is standing down at the next election.
The former cabinet minister said she had made the decision after “much soul searching” and as a result of the Conservatives’ plummeting poll ratings.
Speaking on her Talk TV chat show, she also took a swipe at the Tory MPs who brought down her close ally Boris Johnson as prime minister.
She said: “It’s been a big week in politics with a cabinet reshuffle, the return of Liz Truss and President Zelensky’s historic visit to the UK.
“But before we get into all of that, I’ve got some news of my own.
“After much soul searching, I have decided not to stand as an MP at the next general election. I
“love my constituents and I’ve loved serving them – it’s been such an honour for the best part of two decades of my life.
“However, given the poll rating of the Conservative Party, we are now likely to go to the wire in January 2025.”