Live updates

Christine Emmett chosen to contest forthcoming Corby by-election

Christine Emmett Credit: Conservative Party

Christine Emmett has been selected by the Conservative Party to contest the forthcoming Corby by-election.

The town's MP Louise Mensch is standing down and moving to America where her husband lives. She won the seat from Labour in 2010 with a majority of just under 2000.

Mrs Emmett lives at Morcott in Rutland where her husband runs a holiday homes business.

The former buyer for Marks and Spencer has also been a non-executive director of the Peterborough NHS Trust.

Advertisement

Corby MP Louise Mensch leaves with bizarre tradition

Outgoing Conservative MP Louise Mensch has ended her parliamentary career with a bizarre tradition.

As MPs cannot resign, Mrs Mensch had to accept a "paid office of the crown" - a new position which then disqualified her from membership of the Commons.

She has now been appointed as Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead, a position with no actual responsibilities.

The position's previous occupier was Labour's Sir Peter Soulsby, now Mayor of Leicester.

By-election for Corby after MP Louise Mensch resigns - full report

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.

Advertisement

Corby constituents react to Louise Mensch MP's resignation

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.

For more coverage on this story see the ITV Anglia site.

Load more updates