Nicky Morgan becomes latest female Tory to announce she is quitting Parliament
Nicky Morgan has become the latest female Tory MP to announce that she is standing down at the general election.
The Culture Secretary said "the abuse for doing the job of a modern MP" was one of the reasons for quitting after nine years in Parliament.
Her announcement, in a letter to the chairman of the Loughborough Conservative Association, came just hours after former Cabinet minister Amber Rudd also revealed she would not be standing on 12 December.
Ms Morgan, who was Education Secretary under David Cameron, said: "The clear impact on my family and the other sacrifices involced in, and the abuse for, doing the job of a modern MP can only be justified if, ultimately, Parliament does what it is supposed to do - represent those we serve in all areas of policy, respect votes cast by the electorate and make decisions in the overall national interest."
Seema Kennedy, Mims Davies, Justine Greening and Claire Perry are among the other female Tories who have announced that they will not be standing at the election.
Overall, more than 50 MPs have so far announced that they will not be putting themselves forward for re-election in six weeks' time.
Other women standing down include Gloria de Piero, Heidi Allen, Joan Ryan and Louise Ellman.