David Cameron to quit as MP for Witney with immediate effect


Announcement comes almost three months after Cameron quit as PM in the wake of Britain's vote to leave the EU.

At the time of his resignation as prime minister, he had said he was "keen to continue" in the role of consituency MP and would seek re-elction at the next general election scheduled for 2020.

'I thought about this long and hard over the summer and I've decided the right thing to do is to stand down as the Member of Parliament for Witney.

Cameron promised to support the Conservative Party candidate chosen to replace him in the byelection to fill the vacancy.

He called time on six years as Prime Minister the day after the European Union referendum, arguing that he was not the right person to be "the captain that steers our country to its next destination". Obviously I'm going to have my own views about different issues; people would know that.

Leaked reports suggest the former Chancellor will lose his constituency seat of Tatton under the boundary review so becoming the Witney MP would be a sure fire way of continuing his political career.

"I thank him for everything he has done for the Conservative Party and the country and I wish him and his family well for the future".

"I will continue to support the local causes and charities that mean so much to me and many others in this handsome and enterprising part of our country".

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Cameron said while he was leaving the House of Commons, he meant to campaign on issues that he passionately pursued during his work in Parliament.

Mr Cameron stepped down as prime minister in June, hours after Britain voted to leave the European Union, and handed over the reins of power to his successor Theresa May in July.

He has represented Witney since 2001.

Meanwhile, May also praised Cameron and alleged that that she is proud to have served in Cameron's government and that government had accomplished great things under his leadership.

He said that May is off to "a great start" and is well positioned to lead Britain.

People would also remember his leadership and his government for creating a stronger economy and for important social reforms such as gay marriage, he said.

Friends say that David Cameron's decision has not been made in a fit of pique, he has not merely flounced out because he doesn't like what his successor is doing.