Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude will step down as an MP at the general election, the Conservatives have confirmed. The veteran Tory MP for Horsham said that 32 years after entering Parliament it was time to "make way for a younger candidate".
I was first elected to the House of Commons in 1983 just before I was 30, and will be nearly 67 by the time of the election in 2020. Public service continues to exercise great appeal. However, 27 years is a long time to serve as a Member of Parliament, and I believe now is the right time to make way for a younger candidate to carry the Conservative flag in Horsham.
Mr Maude entered the House of Commons in 1983 as MP for North Warwickshire, where he served until 1992. After five years out of office he returned as MP for Horsham in 1997, a seat he has held since. Mr Maude took up ministerial roles under former prime ministers Margaret Thatcher and Sir John Major, including in the Treasury and Foreign Office, before returning to Government under David Cameron in the Cabinet Office. He won his seat at the 2010 General Election with a majority of 11,460 over the Liberal Democrats.
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