Louise Mensch resigns as MP

Louise Mensch has announced she is to resign as MP of Corby and East Northamptonshire. She is set to move to the US with her family.

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Corby residents respond to MP's resignation

There was a mixed reaction on the streets of Corby to the news that Conservative MP Louise Mensch is stepping down.

While some residents said it was a "sad loss," others claimed Mensch was hardly seen in her Corby and East Northamptonshire constituency.

"We never see her basically," one said. "The only time we saw her was in the papers or on the news."

To watch how her constituents reacted to the news, visit ITV Anglia.

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Labour will focus on 'wasted years of Tory policies' in by election

Andy Sawford, Labour's Prospective ParliamentaryCandidate for Corby and East Northamptonshire has said that Louise Mensch was "obviously struggling to balance being MP with her family and business commitments."

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.

During the by-election we will focus on the two wasted years of Tory policies that have taken the country back into recession and left Corby suffering job losses in both the public and private sector.

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.

– Andy Sawford, Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Corby and East Northamptonshire

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Debate over political work life balance

An adviser to Education Secretary Michael Gove, Sam Freedman and Fiona Millar, a former aide to Cherie Blair, have taken to Twitter to debate the problems with balancing a political and family life after MP Louise Mensch quit citing family responsibilities:

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It's not just MPs who struggle with family life in Westminster. I never see my kids during the week and that's pretty miserable.

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@samfr True. Our 6 years at No 10 were incredible but still regret loss of time with the kids when they were younger. Quit now!

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@samfr Men and women should be able to balance work and family life more flexibly and that should start at Westminster.

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