Former culture minister Ed Vaizey has announced he will not be standing in the forthcoming general election, stating he wants to focus his attention on the arts and creative industries.
The MP for Wantage and Didcot was shadow minister for the arts from 2006 to 2010 and became culture minister in 2010.
In 2016 he became the longest serving arts minister in British political history – the same year in which he left the cabinet.
Announcing his intention not to stand in the forthcoming election, he said: “I believe now is the right time to move on because I am passionate about the arts, our creative industries and technology and I want to specialise in these sectors.”
In a letter to prime minister Boris Johnson he added: “They will, I believe, play an ever more important role in our national life and it is here that I want to focus my energies.”
Last month, culture secretary Nicky Morgan said she would not be re-standing, because she wanted to spend more time with her family.
The general election will be held on December 12.