Jeremy Corbyn could face shocking defeats in the general election
Yesterday, Theresa May shocked the nation as she announced the country would head back to the polls on June 8 in a snap election.
And within minutes of the Prime Minister's announcement, Corbynsceptic MP Tom Blenkinsop revealed he would be standing down due to “irreconcilable differences” with his beleaguered leader.
Alan Johnson was one of the first to go yesterdat
Alan Johnson, the former home secretary, also wrote to his constituents to say he would not be standing as a candidate in his Hull West and Hessle constituency after 20 years in Parliament.
And it seems the pair are not the only MP who feels they cannot stand another five-year team – as numerous more MPs have now also revealed they will step aside.
Andy Burnham is standing down regardless of his mayoral bid
Prominent politician and Select Committee chair Iain Wright today confirmed he will not stand again.
Mr Wright was elected in 2004, following on from Lord Peter Madelson, and held the seat with a majority of 3,024 at the 2015 general election.
He said: "It has been an enormous privilege to serve my home town in Parliament. I have now been an MP for nearly a third of my life. I would like to do other things and now is a good opportunity to do so.
"I would like to thank my constituents for giving me the honour of allowing me to be their Member of Parliament since 2004."
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Rob Marris stood down today
Andrew Smith also announced he would stand down
He was a key figure in the investigation into Sir Philip Green, previously served as an education minister in the Gordon Brown government, and spent five years on the opposition front bench under Ed Miliband.
But like many promising politicians, Mr Wright opted for the chairmanship of the Business Select Committee rather than serve under Jeremy Corbyn.
And Rob Marris, MP for Wolverhampton, also revealed he would be stepping down before the June 8 election.
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I will not countenance ever voting to make Jeremy Corbyn Britain's Prime Minister.
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In a statement on his website, he said: “After much soul-searching, I have decided not to stand in the 2017 General Election.
“At my age and after eleven years in Parliament, I have decided that it is time to step down and support a new Labour candidate for the city.
“As a proud Wulfrunian, it has been a privilege to serve the people of Wolverhampton as a Labour Member of Parliament.
“I look forward to campaigning hard for Labour in Wolverhampton.”
Iain Wright was elected in 2004
While Gisela Stuart told the Radio 4 Today programme she could not support Jeremy Corbyn and that Theresa May is better equipped to deliver Brexit.
After saying it "looks like Labour will not win the election", she too stood down this afternoon.
Andy Burnham, who is standing to be Labour mayor of Greater Manchester, also announced he would stand down in Leigh regardless of his mayoral bid.
Labour has confirmed that all sitting Labour MPs will be automatically reselected
Andrew Smith, the longstanding MP for Oxford East, followed suit – saying it was time for someone else to do the job after his 30 years in the Commons.
While Pat Glass said she will also not be standing this year, saying: "I’ve already made my decision and that decision stands. It’s the right thing for me and my constituents."
Labour has confirmed that all sitting Labour MPs will be automatically reselected ahead of the June vote.
But a number are reported to be considering whether to withdraw from politics just two years after winning their seats in 2015.
Pat Glass said she will also not be standing this year
Those rumoured to be on the fence include John Woodcock, the Barrow-in-Furness MP who said he cannot vote for Jeremy Corbyn to be Prime minister.
He said: "I intend to seek re-nomination from my local Labour and Co-operative parties to be their official candidate.
"But I will not countenance ever voting to make Jeremy Corbyn Britain's Prime Minister.
“I realise that Jeremy has been elected and then re-elected as the leader of my party, but my first duty is to you, my constituents.”