One of the region's most high-profile MPs has resigned with immediate effect. Louise Mensch won Corby for the Conservatives at the 2010 general election. But in a letter to the Prime Minister she said she was struggling to balance her working and family lives
The Prime Minister praised her work, but said he understood her situation although it does now mean a tricky by-election in a marginal seat. Russell Hookey reports.
Labour leader Ed Miliband says his party are ready for an Autumn by-election when candidates will compete for the Corby seat left by Conservative MP Louise Mensch.
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has paid tribute to Louise Mensch after she announced she is stepping down as Mp for Corby and East Northamptonshire.
People in Corby give their views after the announcement the MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire Louise Mensch is stepping down.
The Conservative politician said she was "devastated by the necessary decision" to step down.
Ms Mensch beat Labour minister Phil Hope by 1,951 votes in the May 2010 General Election.
The resignation will mean a by-election in a marginal seat which could take place in November.
Louise Mensch is quitting the Commons to move to the United States with her family.
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Full report on the resignation of Louise Mensch MP, who is stepping down as the Member of Parliament for Corby and East Northamptonshire.
Andy Sawford, Labour's prospective parliamentary candidate for Corby, has given his reaction to Louise Mensch's resignation.
"Louise Mensch was obviously struggling to balance being MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire with her family and business commitments. I respect her for the honest way she talked about this and her decision to step down.
Labour is now looking forward to the campaign ahead, fighting for action on jobs and the economy, supporting our local services, which are facing massive cuts, and working with local community organisations."
He went on:
– Andy Sawford
"This will be a tough election for Labour but we are determined to hold this Tory-led Government to account by showing the disastrous impact of their polices on the people of Corby."