Dominic Raab speaks after resigning from the cabinet
Dominic Raab will stand down as an MP at the next general election.
The Esher and Walton MP wrote to the chairman of his local Conservative Association last Friday.
The former deputy prime minister cited concerns about the impact of his prominent role on his wife and two sons.
In a letter seen by The Telegraph, Mr Raab said: “I have become increasingly concerned over the last few years about the pressure the job has placed on my young family.”
It comes a month after he quit Rishi Sunak’s Cabinet after a bullying inquiry into allegations made by civil servants.
Mr Raab’s parliamentary career has seen him hold posts including Brexit secretary, foreign secretary, justice secretary and deputy prime minister.
He is the latest in a string of Tory heavyweights who have announced they will step down at the next election as Labour maintains a double-digit lead in the polls
Other big names include former Cabinet ministers Sajid Javid and George Eustice.
A number of rising stars including Red Wall MP Dehenna Davison have also said they will not stand again.
The Lib Dems are eyeing up the Surrey constituency Mr Raab has represented since 2010.
He won the Blue Wall seat with a majority of just 2,743 votes at the 2019 general election.
Mr Raab resigned as Mr Sunak’s deputy last month after a probe by a senior lawyer found that he had acted in an intimidating and aggressive way with officials in behaviour that could have amounted to bullying.
He has always denied bullying allegations made by civil servants.
Adam Tolley KC’s five-month investigation upheld two of the eight formal complaints about Mr Raab’s conduct as Brexit secretary and foreign secretary, and in his previous tenure leading the Ministry of Justice.
Following his departure, Mr Raab launched a tirade against “activist civil servants” who he claimed had the ability to stand in the way of the democratic mandate afforded to ministers.
Senior Tories also spoke out after the publication of the 47-page report to argue Mr Raab should not have quit and to criticise the tone of the complaints.
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