Stratford MP Nadhim Zahawi jumped before he was pushed say campaigners - The Leamington Observer

Stratford MP Nadhim Zahawi jumped before he was pushed say campaigners

STRATFORD MP Nadhim Zahawi’s decision to stand down at the next general election shows he is ‘jumping before he is pushed,’ say cross-party campaigners.

The former chancellor announced last week he would be stepping down at the next general election, saying the time is right for “a new, energetic Conservative” to take over.

Mr Zahawi has been MP for Stratford-On-Avon since 2010. and at the last general election in 2019, he won a majority of 19,972.

He published his decision to step down via a letter on X (formerly Twitter).

Mr Zahawi has faced criticism from his constituents and been mired in controversy over his tax affairs, which led to his sacking as a minister after being found to have breached the ministerial code.

And a petition was launched last month by residents demanding the Stratford Conservative Association de-select Mr Zahawi as their parliamentary candidate following recent “controversies”.

This included his tax affairs, expenses claims for his energy bills and, it is claimed, for not working for the local interest.

A spokesperson for Compass Stratford-on-Avon said: “We hear with interest that Mr Zahawi has decided to stand down as candidate for the Conservative party in the forthcoming general election. In doing so, he has become the 64th sitting Tory MP to announce they will leave parliament at the next general election. These figures tell you all you need to know – the Tories know voters up and down the country want them out, and so they’re jumping before they are pushed.

“Last year’s local elections showed a collapse in Conservative support in Stratford on Avon. But despite this, it is very possible that at the next general election we will still end up with a Conservative thanks to our rotten first-past-the-post voting system. If progressive voters work together and unite behind the best-placed challenger to the Tories, we have a genuine opportunity to change things for the better.

“At Stratford on Avon Compass, we will give our support to the best-placed progressive candidate who will promote a change in our electoral system in order to work towards a fairer democratic society for us all.”


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