Tory MP announces he won’t be standing in Boris Johnson’s old Oxfordshire seat

Former PM’s spokesman denies any plan to switch to safer seat as John Howell departs

Adam Forrest
Political Corespondent
Tuesday 11 April 2023 17:46 BST
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A Conservative MP has announced he will not stand for re-election in Henley – the Oxfordshire seat it was said Boris Johnson may have eyed amid speculation he wants a safer seat.

John Howell – who has served as the Henley MP for 15 years after it was vacated Mr Johnson when he become London mayor – became the latest Tory to announce they will not run at the next general election.

In a letter to the South Oxfordshire Conservative Association on Tuesday, the 67-year-old said he would be retiring and wanted to “pursue other avenues”.

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