Gisela Stuart becomes latest high-profile Labour MP to quit ahead of snap election
Gisela Stuart has become the latest high-profile Labour MP to announce they will not be standing at the general election on 8 June.
The Birmingham Edgbaston MP - who was a high-profile member of the Vote Leave campaign in the EU referendum - said it was "time to stand down and pass on the baton".
She became the seventh Labour MP to confirm they will not seek re-election in seven weeks' time - and more are set to follow.
Ms Stuart, who was first elected to the marginal seat in 1997, announced her decision in an email to members of her local party.
She said: "The news yesterday of the early general election has come as a shock to all of us. It means that we have to take decisions now which none of us thought we'd have to take 48 hours ago.
"I wanted you to hear from me that I have decided not to contest the Birmingham Edgbaston constituency at the general election in June."
The former minister added: "Whomever is selected as the Labour candidate will have my full backing. I will be with them and you not just in spirit but on the campaign trail. We will fight, as we always do, for every Labour vote."
Middlesborough South and East Cleveland MP Tom Blenkinsop announced he was standing down shortly after Theresa May announced her plan to hold an early election.
Former Cabinet minister Alan Johnson followed suit, as did Pat Glass, Business Select Committee chairman Iain Wright, Andrew Smith and Rob Marris.
At least one more is expected to announce they are also standing down before the deadline of 5pm tomorrow.
One Labour MP told PoliticsHome: "I think you'll see an exodus of Labour MPs – before and after the election.
“Lots of colleagues are now thinking about their future, or as in many cases, the lack of it. Lots will stand down ahead of near-certain defeat or because Jeremy has made the atmosphere inside the party so miserable
“And of course the sad fact is very many decent hardworking colleagues are set to lose their seat thanks to Jeremy and his allies.”