AN EX Tory Cabinet Minister quit as an MP today – amid claims nearly TEN MORE will announce plans to retire this weekend.
Claire Perry became the latest to send Tory Election planning into turmoil by saying she will not contest her Devizes constituency –a plumb Lib Dem target – in any upcoming snap poll.
Former Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and London Minister Nick Hurd on Thursday announced they wouldn’t stand in the Election.
And sources claimed “loads more” Tories will announce they plan to step down rather than fight any national poll – sparking fears on an exodus
One said: “I think you’ll see half a dozen before Sunday. It’s becoming a real problem as we have to find candidates for any Election.
“And in many communities voters won’t have a clue who they are.”
Another told The Sun: “There are loads planning to go.”
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Former Energy Minister Ms Perry turned down a Cabinet post under Boris Johnson and instead chose to champion efforts to bring the global Cop26 green conference to Britain.
She was seen as a ‘Remain’ rebel under Theresa May but once more today defended Mr Johnson.
She said: “I have been clear that I remain in full support of our PM and his brave Brexit strategy.
“As I can see no alternative if we want to honour the Referendum result.”
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