The Conservative MP has resigned in order to put her family first
Conservative MP Louise Mensch has announced that she will stand down as MP for Corby to put her ‘family first’.
The politician, who has also written chick lit novels under the name Louise Bagshawe, will move to New York with her three children to be with her husband Peter Mensch, who manages Metallica.
Mensch won her seat in 2010 with a 1,951 majority, but says she was finding it difficult to juggle caring for her family with maintaining a political career.
She says her decision to quit was ‘devastating but necessary’.
In her letter of resignation to Prime Minister David Cameron, she said: ”As you know, I have been struggling for some time to find the best outcome for my family life, and have decided, in order to keep us together, to move to New York. With the greatest regret, I am thus resigning as a MP.
‘It is only through your personal intervention, delivered quietly and without fanfare, that I have been able to manage my duties for this long.
But she added: ‘I am very sorry that despite my best efforts, I have been unable to make the balancing act work for our family.’
There will now be a by-election in her constituency on November 15.
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