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.
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:
"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."