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David Cameron resigns as MP with immediate effect

David Cameron is to stand down as MP for Witney, triggering a by-election in the Oxfordshire seat, he has announced.

Mr Cameron told ITV News that he had thought "long and hard" over his choice but had ultimately decided that he would be a "distraction" from the work of government.

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Cameron was right to resign as MP, says Hague

Former Conservative leader William Hague has praised David Cameron for his decision to stand down as an MP.

Mr Cameron has said that he did not want to become a "distraction" from the work of Theresa May's government.

Mr Hague agreed, saying former prime ministers were either viewed as a diversion or accused of doing too little.

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