Former UK PM David Cameron has stood down as an MP, triggering a by-election in his Oxfordshire seat of Witney. The resignation from the UK parliament is “with immediate effect”. “It is not going to be possible to be a normal backbencher as a former prime minister”. He added that his presence in parliament could be a “distraction” for his successor as Prime Minister, Theresa May.
Mr. Cameron had pledged to support Mrs. May, who “has got off to a cracking start” since she became the nation’s leader in July. The ruling Conservative Party elected Mrs. May to lead the country after Mr. Cameron resigned following his failed campaign to persuade voters to remain in the European Union in Britain’s Brexit referendum. He said at the time he planned to remain in Parliament although he would no longer have a leadership role in the Conservative Party.
Mr. Cameron promised to support the Conservative Party candidate chosen to replace him in the bye-election that would be held to fill the vacancy. He won re-election in 2015, but his position became untenable after losing the EU vote on June 23.