Sarah Newton will stand down at the next election

By Kira Taylor |

Sarah Newton, the Conservative MP for Truro and Falmouth, has announced that she will not stand at the next election.

Newton said: “While we don’t know when the next General Election will be, it is possible that it will be this year.

“After much careful thought I have decided not to seek re-election at the forthcoming General Election so that I can pursue other interests.”

Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Truro and Falmouth, Jennifer Forbes, who will now face Newton’s successor in a general election, said: “I would like the thank Sarah for her service to the constituency.”

Newton was elected in 2010 and served in Theresa May’s government…

Newton was elected in 2010 and served in Theresa May’s government as a minister at the Department for Work and Pensions.

She supported remain in the 2016 referendum and represents the only remain constituency in Cornwall.

Her announcement means the Truro and Falmouth Conservative Association will now have to select a new Parliamentary candidate for a possibly imminent election.

The government today failed to secure a general election…

Newton said: “Please be assured that in the time I have left as the local MP I will continue to work as hard as the day I was first elected.”

General elections require a minimum of 25 working days between when they are announced and when people go to the polls. The government today failed to secure a general election under the Fixed Term Parliament Act.

A one line bill is due to be put before the House of Commons tomorrow. This may overcome the deadlock in Parliament as it wouldn’t require the Labour Party to vote for a general election.

Jennifer Forbes added, upon hearing the news of Newton’s resignation, that “now is the right time for change [in the] community. I have a vision for a more prosperous Cornwall, with well-funded schools, hospitals & the action on climate change we desperately need to see.”