Chris Grayling MP has announced he will not be seeking re-election at the next General Election due 2024 / January 2025 latest.
In a message to the Epsom and Ewell Conservative Association he wrote:
“I am writing to let you know that I told the Conservative Association AGM on Wednesday that I would not be standing again for Parliament at the next election. Earlier this year I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and although the treatment has been successful, it has prompted me to think that after 22 years it is time for a change. The Association will now move ahead and select my successor as Conservative candidate.
I am very grateful to you for the support I have been given by you all over the years. I will obviously carry on working as normal until the election and will hope to see you at one of the upcoming events.”
An MP with a chequered career at ministerial level he is nevertheless recognised as a dedicated and attentive constituency MP.
This has been reflected in sustained large majorities against all challengers in the six elections he has fought, with his share of the vote peaking in the 2017 election at 59.6%.