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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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Ruth Davidson 'won't stand to replace Cameron in Witney'

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The Scottish Conservatives leader has indicated that she will not seek to take David Cameron's place as the MP for Witney after he stood down today.

Ruth Davidson was seen as a potential front-runner for the safe Conservative seat.

However she threw cold water on the speculation by saying anyone thinking of betting on her taking the seat should 'save their money'.

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