List of MPs who stood down at the United Kingdom general election, 2015

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90 MPs chose to not seek reelection at the 2015 general election, meaning they were Members of Parliament (MPs) in the 55th Parliament, but chose not to contest the 2015 general election (in some cases after being deselected by their parties). While at the previous election there had been a record 148 MPs not standing for reelection,[1] the 90 standing down in 2015 represented a more usual number.[2] These 90 consist of 38 Conservative, 37 Labour, 3 Independent, 1 Sinn Féin and 1 Plaid Cymru MP.

The highest profile Members of Parliament leaving were Gordon Brown, a former Prime Minister, Leader of the Labour Party (both 2007 to 2010) and Chancellor of the Exchequer (1997 to 2007); and William Hague, the outgoing First Secretary of State and Leader of the House of Commons and former Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (2010 to 2014), Leader of the Conservative Party and Leader of the Opposition (both 1997 to 2001).[3]

Alongside Brown and Hague, seventeen former cabinet ministers stood down at the election, including Stephen Dorrell, Jack Straw, Alistair Darling, David Blunkett, Sir Peter Tapsell (the Father of the House having served since the 1966 general election), Sir Malcolm Rifkind and Dame Tessa Jowell.[3] The highest profile Liberal Democrat to stand down was former leader Sir Menzies Campbell.[3]

Conservative[edit]

  1. James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire), announced 6 June 2011[4]
  2. Sir Tony Baldry (Banbury), announced 1 September 2014[5]
  3. Gregory Barker (Bexhill and Battle), announced 14 July 2014[6]
  4. Brian Binley (Northampton South), announced 22 July 2013[7]
  5. Aidan Burley (Cannock Chase), announced 5 February 2014[8]
  6. Dan Byles (North Warwickshire), announced 20 July 2014[9]
  7. James Clappison (Hertsmere), announced 3 July 2014[10]
  8. Stephen Dorrell (Charnwood), announced 25 November 2014[11][12]
  9. Jonathan Evans (Cardiff North), announced 17 January 2013[13]
  10. Lorraine Fullbrook (South Ribble), announced 14 September 2013[14]
  11. William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)), announced 14 July 2014[15]
  12. Charles Hendry (Wealden), announced 1 March 2013[16]
  13. Mark Hoban (Fareham), announced 23 January 2015[17]
  14. Chris Kelly (Dudley South), announced 31 August 2014[18]
  15. Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire), announced 15 July 2014[19]
  16. Jessica Lee (Erewash), announced 20 January 2014[20]
  17. Sir Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire), announced 5 September 2012[21]
  18. Anne McIntosh (Thirsk and Malton), announced 31 January 2014[22] (deselected)
  19. Francis Maude (Horsham), announced 1 February 2015[23]
  20. Brooks Newmark (Braintree), announced 11 October 2014[24]
  21. Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury), announced 9 March 2015[25]
  22. Sir Richard Ottaway (Croydon South), announced 28 May 2012[26]
  23. Sir Jim Paice (South East Cambridgeshire), announced 8 March 2013[27]
  24. Sir John Randall (Uxbridge and South Ruislip), announced 10 July 2014[28]
  25. Andrew Robathan (South Leicestershire), announced 22 September 2014[29]
  26. Sir Hugh Robertson (Faversham and Mid Kent), announced 14 January 2015[30]
  27. David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds), announced 28 July 2014[31]
  28. Laura Sandys (South Thanet), announced 25 November 2013[32]
  29. Sir Richard Shepherd (Aldridge-Brownhills), announced 24 October 2014[33]
  30. Mark Simmonds (Boston and Skegness), announced 11 August 2014[34]
  31. Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling), announced 23 March 2012[35]
  32. Sir Peter Tapsell (Louth and Horncastle), announced 21 March 2014[36]
  33. Robert Walter (North Dorset), announced 5 December 2014[37]
  34. Mike Weatherley (Hove), announced 3 July 2014[10]
  35. David Willetts (Havant), announced 14 July 2014[38]
  36. Tim Yeo (South Suffolk), announced 3 February 2014[39] (deselected)
  37. Sir George Young (North West Hampshire), announced 29 November 2013[40]

Labour[edit]

  1. Bob Ainsworth (Coventry North East), announced 7 December 2012.[41]
  2. Sir Hugh Bayley (York Central), announced 5 December 2014.[42]
  3. Joe Benton (Bootle), announced 12 June 2014.[43]
  4. Hazel Blears (Salford and Eccles), announced 20 February 2014.[44]
  5. David Blunkett (Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough), announced 21 June 2014[45]
  6. Gordon Brown (Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath), announced 1 December 2014[46]
  7. Martin Caton (Gower), announced 11 March 2012.[47]
  8. Sir Tony Cunningham (Workington), announced 28 June 2014[48]
  9. Alistair Darling (Edinburgh South West), announced 2 November 2014[49]
  10. John Denham (Southampton Itchen), announced 7 October 2011[50]
  11. Frank Dobson (Holborn and St Pancras), announced 18 July 2014[51]
  12. Frank Doran (Aberdeen North), announced 19 October 2013[52]
  13. Hywel Francis (Aberavon), announced 22 November 2013[53]
  14. Peter Hain (Neath), announced 6 June 2014[54]
  15. David Hamilton (Midlothian), announced 24 January 2015[55]
  16. Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney), announced 24 September 2014[56]
  17. David Heyes (Ashton-under-Lyne), announced 1 March 2014[57]
  18. Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Kilburn), announced 23 June 2011[58]
  19. Siân James (Swansea East), announced 25 February 2014[59]
  20. Dame Tessa Jowell (Dulwich and West Norwood), announced 21 November 2013[60]
  21. Andy Love (Edmonton), announced 12 January 2015[61]
  22. Jim McGovern (Dundee West), announced 3 April 2015[62]
  23. Dame Anne McGuire (Stirling), announced 14 January 2014[63]
  24. Andrew Miller (Ellesmere Port and Neston), announced 10 December 2013[64]
  25. Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby), announced 16 April 2014[65]
  26. George Mudie (Leeds East), announced 4 October 2013[66]
  27. Meg Munn (Sheffield Heeley), announced 25 January 2014[67]
  28. Paul Murphy (Torfaen), announced 30 January 2015[68]
  29. Dame Dawn Primarolo (Bristol South), announced 10 November 2011[69]
  30. Nick Raynsford (Greenwich and Woolwich), announced 22 March 2013[70]
  31. Linda Riordan (Halifax), announced 12 February 2015[71]
  32. Lindsay Roy (Glenrothes), announced 6 November 2013[72]
  33. Dame Joan Ruddock (Lewisham Deptford), announced 12 January 2013[73]
  34. Gerry Sutcliffe (Bradford South), announced 26 May 2013[74][75]
  35. Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North), announced 15 November 2013[76]
  36. Dave Watts (St Helens North), announced 3 January 2015[77]
  37. Mike Wood (Batley and Spen), announced 28 February 2014[78]
  38. Shaun Woodward (St Helens South and Whiston), announced 7 November 2013[79]

Liberal Democrats[edit]

  1. Sir Alan Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed), announced 7 August 2013[80]
  2. Jeremy Browne (Taunton Deane), announced 15 October 2014[81]
  3. Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset and North Poole), announced 5 March 2013[82]
  4. Sir Malcolm Bruce (Gordon), announced 9 October 2013[83]
  5. Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife), announced 9 October 2013[84]
  6. Don Foster (Bath), announced 8 January 2014[85]
  7. David Heath (Somerton and Frome), announced 11 October 2013[86]
  8. Sir Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove), announced on 29 September 2013[87]
  9. Ian Swales (Redcar), announced 11 July 2014[88]
  10. Sarah Teather (Brent Central), announced 7 September 2013[89]

Plaid Cymru[edit]

  1. Elfyn Llwyd (Dwyfor Meirionnydd), announced 19 October 2013[90]

Sinn Féin[edit]

  1. Conor Murphy (Newry and Armagh), announced 21 October 2014[91]

Independent[edit]

  1. Eric Joyce (Falkirk), elected as Labour, announced 2 March 2012[92]
  2. Jack Straw (Blackburn), elected as Labour, announced 25 October 2013[93]
  3. Sir Malcolm Rifkind (Kensington), elected as Conservative, announced 24 February 2015[94]

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