Up to eight Yorkshire MPs could step down at the next election, say Conservative sources

As many as eight Yorkshire MPs could step down at the next election, with Tory MPs Greg Knight and Stuart Andrew considering their positions in the coming weeks.

It is widely expected that Mr Knight, the MP for East Yorkshire since 2001 with a majority of over 20,000, will announce that he will stand down as an MP, Tory sources have told The Yorkshire Post.

Meanwhile, Mr Andrew, the MP for Pudsey who was adopted by Conservative Party HQ as a “displaced” candidate after his seat substantially changed wards for the next election under the boundary review, said that he had not yet come to a decision over his future.

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If they stood down they would join their Conservative colleagues, Andrew Percy, Robert Goodwill, Craig Whittaker and Nigel Adams in life outside of politics, with several eyeing the prospect of peerages once leaving their seat.

Sir Greg Knight MP Sir Greg Knight MP
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All other sitting Tory MPs in the region have been reselected by their associations, with some MPs taking on new seats next year.

Mark Eastwood will be standing for Wakefield West and Denby Dale, after his Dewsbury constituency changed significantly, while Alec Shelbrooke is moving to Wetherby and Easingwold after his constituency disappears in the boundary review.

Wetherby is set to become one of the safest Tory seats in the region after it takes in parts of Tory strongholds in Selby and Ainsty, Thirsk and Malton, Skipton and Rippon, and Harrogae and Knaresborough.

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Until this week the Conservatives had only selected one new candidate, Vanessa Lee, in Calder Valley to stand in a Tory-held seat that has now been vacated, amid concerns from some in the party that some Tory associations are dragging their feet with registering new members form the boundary review, even in seats deemed a high priority by party officials.

Labour has already seen both Rosie Winterton and Paul Blomfield announce their intention to stand down from their South Yorkshire constituencies at the next election.

A party source said that the deadline for Labour MPs to announce whether they are standing down has now passed, meaning it is unlikely that further resignations will happen before the election.