Top Tory Oliver Letwin 'to quit as MP' at next election

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20th July 2016

Former Conservative minister Oliver Letwin has reportedly announced he will not stand at the next general election.

Former minister Oliver Letwin
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Mr Letwin said he wanted to spend more time with his family and would retire in 2020, according to the Dorset Echo.

He was sacked from the Government by Theresa May despite his role overseeing Brexit planning before she became Prime Minister.

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He has been West Dorset MP since 1997 and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster from 2014 to 2016.

After the 2015 general election, Mr Letwin was given overall responsibility for the Cabinet Office after serving as Minister of State for Government Policy.

He has also served as chairman of the Conservative Research Department and steered the Conservative party's 2005-2010 policy review.

Mr Letwin was embroiled in the MPs' expenses scandal after it emerged he submitted an invoice for £2,145 to replace a leaking pipeline under a tennis court.

He was also blasted in 2011 for disposing of constituents' letters in a park bin, while documents released last year showed he lobbied for Margaret Thatcher's controversial poll tax.

Earlier this year he came under fire after it emerged he had blamed “bad moral attitudes” for the 1985 Broadwater Farm Riots and said black entrepreneurs would set up in the “disco and drug trade”.

He apologised for the comments, saying they were “badly worded and wrong”.