October 31, 2019 4.53 pm This story is over 26 months old

Nick Boles will not stand as an MP for December election

He had recently called for a two-year extension to the Brexit transition period

A Lincolnshire MP has announced that he will no longer be standing as a candidate in the upcoming December 12 election.

Nick Boles tweeted the news on Thursday, October 31 – the day that Britain was supposed to leave the European Union.

He said that his last act as an MP would be as part of a cross-party group calling for the Ministry of Justice to review a ban on assisted dying.

The Grantham and Stamford MP quit his local Conservative association in March and walked out of the House of Commons in dramatic fashion.

Mr Boles had since been standing as an independent MP and more recently tried to force through a two-year extension to the Brexit transition period.

He had been a staunch opponent of Britain leaving the EU with no deal and came to terms with the party over his position.

Nick Boles had been an MP for the area since 2010. He had a comfortable 20,094 (35.5%) majority over the Labour runner-up in the 2017 general elections.

Gareth Davies has been selected as the next Conservative MP to stand in the Grantham and Stamford constituency.

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