LONDON — Rory Stewart has resigned from Boris Johnson’s Conservative party and said he will not stand at the next general election.
Stewart — who ran against Johnson in the contest to replace Theresa May as party leader and prime minister earlier this year — is a vocal critic of the Conservative government’s handling of Brexit.
Last month, he and 20 other members of Parliament had the Conservative whip removed after they voted to stop a no-deal Brexit.
On Friday morning he tweeted: “It’s been a great privilege to serve Penrith and The Border for the last ten years, so it is with sadness that I am announcing that I will be standing down at the next election, and that I have also resigned from the Conservative Party.”
Who is Stewart?
Stewart was elected MP for Penrith and The Border in 2010.
He served as Secretary of State for International Development in 2019 in Theresa May’s government but rose to prominense when he entered the contest to replace the former prime minister.
He started the race as a little-known outsider and was not seen as a leading candidate.
However, his campaign quickly gathered momentum and national attention, impressing both Conservative MPs and the public with his strategy of traveling around the country and speaking directly with people.
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