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."
After news that Louise Mensch is to resign as MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire, Boris Johnson is quizzed on whether he'd consider standing in the byelection.
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."
– Andy Sawford, Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Corby and East Northamptonshire
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.
Political journalist has tweeted that the Mayor of London will not be aiming to become an MP after Louise Mensch's resignation:
BREAKING: Boris rules out Corby. "I'm sure Corby is a lovely town but I have a fantastic job running the best big city on the planet".
As Louise Mensch announces that she is to leave her position as an MP to spend more time with her family, here she is earlier on this year telling James Murdoch she has to leave the the Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee early to pick up her children.
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:
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.
@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!
@samfr Men and women should be able to balance work and family life more flexibly and that should start at Westminster.
Quite obvious that @louisemensch just wants to spend more time with me in New York...
Jemima Khan has tweeted her support for Louise Mensch in choosing to resign as an MP for her family:
V sad that @louisemensch has resigned. Politics and family is a hard combo but long distance relationships are impossible.
Am also incredibly moved by the kindness and generosity of the PM's letter to me and the support of my association. With my family this wk.