Former equalities minister Amber Rudd is not standing in next general election

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Amber Rudd has confirmed that she will not stand in the December 12 general election but says that she is no longer conflicting with the Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Rudd quit her posts as work and pensions secretary and minister for women and equalities and resigned the Tory whip in September. She did so in solidarity with the 21 MPs who were expelled from the parliamentary party for voting to prevent a no-deal Brexit. She says that this decision was hard but she has no regrets. After Johnson restored the whip to 10 of the 21 so-called Tory rebels, Rudd said that she will be leaving the House. She talked to Johnson and left “on perfectly good terms” with him and his supporters. She teased that though she is standing down, it does not mean that her political career is entirely over. “I’m not finished with politics, I’m just not standing at this election,” she said.

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