Trudy Harrison has said she will not stand at the next election because boundary changes mean she will no longer live in her constituency.
Written by Faye Brown, political reporter @fayebrownSky
Mon Jul 24 2023 19:16, UK
Environment Minister Trudy Harrison has become the latest Tory MP to announce she will stand at the next general election.
The Cumbrian politician’s Copeland constituency is set to be scrapped due to boundary changes ahead of the vote – which is expected to take place in the next 18 months.
Harrison said he would not be a candidate to replace Whitehaven and Workington.
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She told ITV Borders on Monday: “I don’t live on the boundary of that constituency, that’s part of the challenge for me.
“But fundamentally I’m a community activist at home and I want to come home and make sure the policies I’m involved in shape and actually reap the benefits for the people of West Cumbria.”
First elected in the 2017 by-election, Harrison is Copeland’s first female MP and its first Conservative MP.
Between December 2019 and September 2021, she was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Boris Johnson, promoted to Minister at the Department for Transport.
Then in September 2022 Liz Truss moved her to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Ms Harrison has publicly backed plans to open a new coal mine in her constituency, approved by the government earlier this year amid criticism from environmental groups.
She has also called for more nuclear power in the region, backing proposals to build new small modular reactors next to the Sellafield nuclear power station in her constituency.
More than 40 Conservative MPs Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, including former ministers Dominic Raab, George Eustis and Sajid Javid, have now announced they will stand down at the next election.
This is 13 per cent of the party’s MPs and more than double the number of Labor MPs who are resigning.
Many of those who go are young Its trailing behind Labor in the polls has led to speculation that the party is facing defections.
But there was some good news last week as she held on to Boris Johnson’s old constituency of Uxbridge and South Ruislip – leading Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to declare the next election “not a foregone conclusion”.