Kingswood MP Chris Skidmore OBE, who was first elected in 2010, has announced that he will stand down at the next General Election.
The Conservative-held seat is set to disappear in the upcoming boundary changes and Mr Skidmore said that he does not wish to fight another constituency elsewhere in the region or country “especially with a very young family who deserve to see more of their father in their lives”.
He says he wants to devote the next stage of his career to delivering a more sustainable future for energy and the environment.
Mr Skidmore has held several ministerial seats and is currently leading an independent review into Net Zero for the Government. He said that over the past three months he has spoken directly with more than 1,000 organisations and businesses across the country on how to deliver a clean energy transition in the most effective way possible.
He said: “There has been no greater honour in my life than to have represented by home area in Parliament. Have loved every moment of serving as Kingswood’s local MP for the past 12 years and look forward to serving my community for the rest of my term in office.”