Tories’ top backbencher Sir Graham Brady reveals will quit at the next general election as 1922 Committee chairman joins the Conservative exodus from Parliament amid party’s dire poll ratings
- Sir Graham Brady will quit the House of Commons at the next general election
- He is the current chairman of the Conservatives’ powerful 1922 Committee
Sir Graham Brady, the Tories’ top backbencher, today revealed he will quit the House of Commons at the next general election.
The senior MP – the current chairman of the Conservatives’ powerful 1922 Committee – announced he won’t seek re-election in his Altrincham and Sale West constituency.
The 55-year-old said he wanted to leave Parliament while ‘young enough to pursue other opportunities and interests’.
Sir Graham has been a key figure at Westminster in recent years and, in his role as 1922 Committee chair, has overseen three Tory leadership election contests.
He joins a growing list of current Conservative MPs who have decided not to stand at the next election.
Sir Graham Brady, the Tories’ top backbencher, has revealed he will quit the House of Commons at the next general election
There are now 22 current Tory MPs who have announced their intention to leave the Commons, while former Conservative health secretary Matt Hancock is also standing down
There are now 22 Tory MPs who have announced their intention to leave the Commons.
Former health secretary Matt Hancock – who had the Conservative whip stripped from him last year over his reality TV stint – is also standing down.
The looming exodus of Conservative MPs comes as Rishi Sunak’s party continues to suffer from dire opinion poll ratings, which is prompting Tory fears of an election wipeout.
The latest Redfield & Wilton Strategies poll gave Labour a 26-point lead over the Tories.
A separate survey by Ipsos also found the Conservatives’ trailing Sir Keir Starmer’s party by the same margin.
Sir Graham was first elected MP for Altrincham and Sale West in 1997 and successfully defended the seat at six subsequent general elections.
In a statement to his local newspaper, he said: ‘Representing my hometown in the House of Commons has been an immense privilege for which I will always be grateful.
‘My colleagues in the House of Commons have also given me the unique opportunity of chairing the 1922 Committee for longer than anyone else in its one hundred year history.
‘I will continue to serve until the end of the parliament, if they want me to.
‘I will continue to do everything I can to support the Conservative cause and Rishi Sunak. He is bringing both stability and vision as Prime Minister.
‘In 2024, I will campaign locally and nationally for the return of a Conservative government, that is in the national interest and in the interests of my constituents.
‘I will continue to work hard in the service of the residents of Altrincham & Sale West, offering my judgment and experience until the end of the parliament.
‘I have decided to bring this fascinating and fulfilling chapter of my life to a close while I am young enough to pursue other opportunities and interests, so I will not be standing at the next election.’
Sir Graham pictured in June last year as he announced Boris Johnson had survived a no confidence vote among Tory MPs
The latest Redfield & Wilton Strategies poll gave Labour a 26-point lead over the Tories, as Rishi Sunak’s party continues to struggle
During his time as 1922 Committee chair, Sir Graham oversaw the Tory leadership elections that put Theresa May, Liz Truss and Mr Sunak into Downing Street.
He was also the key figure in arranging no confidence votes among Tory MPs over the leadership of both Mrs May and Boris Johnson.
These were both triggered by 15 per cent of Conservative MPs writing to him to express a lack of confidence in their party leader.
Tory former Cabinet ministers Nadine Dorries, Sajid Javid and George Eustice are also among those Conservative MPs who have announced they will not contest the next general election, which has to be held no later than January 2025.
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