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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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Osborne says Cameron's resignation is a 'sad day'

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George Osborne has said that David Cameron's resignation from parliament is a "sad day" in a tribute to his key political ally.

Osborne, who served as treasurer under Cameron, said he was sad to see his "great friend" leave British politics.

"I will miss him alongside me on the green benches over the coming years," he wrote on Twitter.

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