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Exodus of long-serving MPs leaves Commons facing wave of change | Politics

Exodus of long-serving MPs leaves Commons facing wave of change | Politics

Whatever its result, the next election will bring a wave of change to the House of Commons. So far, 90 of 650 sitting MPs have announced they will not be seeking re-election. Of those, 14 are former secretaries of state – 11 of them Tory – and nine are select committee chairs. This is the highest number of departing MPs since 2010, with more retirements expected to come. The exodus is greater on the Tory benches, which are on track for their biggest wave of departures since the 1997 Labour landslide. High-profile former cabinet ministers including Sajid Javid, Ben Wallace and Dominic Raab – all of whom in other circumstances might have risen further in their political careers – are among those stepping down. The 11 Conservative former secretaries of state who are leaving have nearly 40 years of cabinet experience between them. Now senior Tory figures are worried these departures will mean that, win or lose, the party will be left with a particularly inexperienced crop of MPs at the next election. One Tory …