Greg Barker MP to stand down at the next election after quitting ministerial role

MP leaves cabinet role and will not stand for re-election

MP leaves cabinet role and will not stand for re-election

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An MP has resigned from his ministerial role and will not seek re-election as an MP next year.

Bexhill and Battle MP Greg Barker has quit as Energy minister and will leave Parliament at the next general election.

The 48-year-old Worthing-born politician became MP for the area in 2001 and follows in the footsteps of fellow Sussex Conservative Mike Weatherley who announced he would not be standing for re-election to his Hove seat next May earlier this month.

It is understood that the MP told Prime Minister David Cameron of his decision at the weekend.

The MP tweeted as the news broke last night: “It has been a huge honour to serve in pioneering 1st Cameron govt, & great privilege to represent #Bexhill&Battle.”

He added this morning: "As we all know Twitter can be a cruel mistress at times but have been really moved & surprised by so many lovely messages! #ThankYou."

Mr Barker is among a series of ministers leaving their posts with their replacements to be announced later today.

Hastings and Rye MP Amber Rudd, who was hotly-tipped to join number of female MPs in promotion, has indeed been elevated to the under secretary at the Department for Energy and Climate Change.

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7:38am Tue 15 Jul 14

chrismilo says...

Good riddance no loss pity they dont all stand down or resign.
Good riddance no loss pity they dont all stand down or resign. chrismilo
  • Score: 10

7:40am Tue 15 Jul 14

chrismilo says...

Oh and take the Greens and Lib Dems with you.
Oh and take the Greens and Lib Dems with you. chrismilo
  • Score: 8

7:58am Tue 15 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

chrismilo wrote:
Good riddance no loss pity they dont all stand down or resign.
Next May, we can help them with that ;-)
[quote][p][bold]chrismilo[/bold] wrote: Good riddance no loss pity they dont all stand down or resign.[/p][/quote]Next May, we can help them with that ;-) stevo!!
  • Score: 9

8:07am Tue 15 Jul 14

Nosfaratu says...

Is this a good move by Cameron ? Not being sexist but is he appealing to the female vote as all the blokes are going to vote for Nigel.
Is this a good move by Cameron ? Not being sexist but is he appealing to the female vote as all the blokes are going to vote for Nigel. Nosfaratu
  • Score: 0

8:14am Tue 15 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

“It has been a huge honour to serve in pioneering 1st Cameron govt, & great privilege to represent #Bexhill&Battle.”

1) If it were such an honour, why is he walking away?

Is it because he doesn't like the thought of being ditched by the electorate?

2) This country has never had a Cameron government. He led the country in a Coalition.

With such a 'finger-on-the-pulse
' comment, maybe it is time for him to leave and get someone who actually knows what's going on.
“It has been a huge honour to serve in pioneering 1st Cameron govt, & great privilege to represent #Bexhill&Battle.” 1) If it were such an honour, why is he walking away? Is it because he doesn't like the thought of being ditched by the electorate? 2) This country has never had a Cameron government. He led the country in a Coalition. With such a 'finger-on-the-pulse ' comment, maybe it is time for him to leave and get someone who actually knows what's going on. stevo!!
  • Score: 2

9:00am Tue 15 Jul 14

Martha Gunn says...

Cabinet role?

A Minister of State in the Cabinet?
I think not.
Cabinet role? A Minister of State in the Cabinet? I think not. Martha Gunn
  • Score: 11

11:00am Tue 15 Jul 14

Reader9000 says...

Perhaps they're weeding out the paedos ahead of the investigation.
Perhaps they're weeding out the paedos ahead of the investigation. Reader9000
  • Score: -12

1:16pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Fairport says...

A complete waste of space both in Government and as an MP
A complete waste of space both in Government and as an MP Fairport
  • Score: 1

1:24pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Number Six says...

I'm certainly looking forward to all the armchair critics getting off their @rses and standing themselves. Breath is not being held
I'm certainly looking forward to all the armchair critics getting off their @rses and standing themselves. Breath is not being held Number Six
  • Score: -1

4:00pm Tue 15 Jul 14

applecore says...

This is why I question The Argus:
"Hastings and Rye MP Amber Rudd, who was hotly-tipped to join number of female MPs in promotion"
Come on - she was promoted hours ago now.
This is why I question The Argus: "Hastings and Rye MP Amber Rudd, who was hotly-tipped to join number of female MPs in promotion" Come on - she was promoted hours ago now. applecore
  • Score: -1

7:29pm Tue 15 Jul 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Goodbye to yet another corrupt member of this government.

Hope he's proud of his record of selling off the NHS and being part of a government that has increased energy prices to far beyond the poor's pocket so yet again many people, especially the elderly, freeze in the winter, unable to afford to put their heating on.

Also seeing so many on benefits reduced to obtaining food from food banks - a 300% increase. This is the conservatives - making the rich even richer and the poor even poorer - disgusting lot, shame on you all.
Goodbye to yet another corrupt member of this government. Hope he's proud of his record of selling off the NHS and being part of a government that has increased energy prices to far beyond the poor's pocket so yet again many people, especially the elderly, freeze in the winter, unable to afford to put their heating on. Also seeing so many on benefits reduced to obtaining food from food banks - a 300% increase. This is the conservatives - making the rich even richer and the poor even poorer - disgusting lot, shame on you all. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: -1

8:24pm Tue 15 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
Goodbye to yet another corrupt member of this government.

Hope he's proud of his record of selling off the NHS and being part of a government that has increased energy prices to far beyond the poor's pocket so yet again many people, especially the elderly, freeze in the winter, unable to afford to put their heating on.

Also seeing so many on benefits reduced to obtaining food from food banks - a 300% increase. This is the conservatives - making the rich even richer and the poor even poorer - disgusting lot, shame on you all.
What is corrupt about him?
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: Goodbye to yet another corrupt member of this government. Hope he's proud of his record of selling off the NHS and being part of a government that has increased energy prices to far beyond the poor's pocket so yet again many people, especially the elderly, freeze in the winter, unable to afford to put their heating on. Also seeing so many on benefits reduced to obtaining food from food banks - a 300% increase. This is the conservatives - making the rich even richer and the poor even poorer - disgusting lot, shame on you all.[/p][/quote]What is corrupt about him? stevo!!
  • Score: -1

6:00am Wed 16 Jul 14

ohhumanity says...

I know nothing about this man, the work he has done etc. but I would absolutely love to see everyone who has said "thank god he's gone" try and do better. At least he tried to make a change and clearly worked and studied to get into that position. What are the negative commenters doing with their lives? Apart from moaning?
I know nothing about this man, the work he has done etc. but I would absolutely love to see everyone who has said "thank god he's gone" try and do better. At least he tried to make a change and clearly worked and studied to get into that position. What are the negative commenters doing with their lives? Apart from moaning? ohhumanity
  • Score: 0

7:34am Wed 16 Jul 14

HJarrs says...

ohhumanity wrote:
I know nothing about this man, the work he has done etc. but I would absolutely love to see everyone who has said "thank god he's gone" try and do better. At least he tried to make a change and clearly worked and studied to get into that position. What are the negative commenters doing with their lives? Apart from moaning?
Well, as getThisCoalitionOut has correctly pointed out, he has been part of a pernicious, vindictive and incompitent government that has presided over falling wages for the majority, the rich getting richer and destitution for many. His energy department is in chaos. I definitely could do better!
[quote][p][bold]ohhumanity[/bold] wrote: I know nothing about this man, the work he has done etc. but I would absolutely love to see everyone who has said "thank god he's gone" try and do better. At least he tried to make a change and clearly worked and studied to get into that position. What are the negative commenters doing with their lives? Apart from moaning?[/p][/quote]Well, as getThisCoalitionOut has correctly pointed out, he has been part of a pernicious, vindictive and incompitent government that has presided over falling wages for the majority, the rich getting richer and destitution for many. His energy department is in chaos. I definitely could do better! HJarrs
  • Score: 2

7:34am Wed 16 Jul 14

HJarrs says...

ohhumanity wrote:
I know nothing about this man, the work he has done etc. but I would absolutely love to see everyone who has said "thank god he's gone" try and do better. At least he tried to make a change and clearly worked and studied to get into that position. What are the negative commenters doing with their lives? Apart from moaning?
Well, as getThisCoalitionOut has correctly pointed out, he has been part of a pernicious, vindictive and incompitent government that has presided over falling wages for the majority, the rich getting richer and destitution for many. His energy department is in chaos. I definitely could do better!
[quote][p][bold]ohhumanity[/bold] wrote: I know nothing about this man, the work he has done etc. but I would absolutely love to see everyone who has said "thank god he's gone" try and do better. At least he tried to make a change and clearly worked and studied to get into that position. What are the negative commenters doing with their lives? Apart from moaning?[/p][/quote]Well, as getThisCoalitionOut has correctly pointed out, he has been part of a pernicious, vindictive and incompitent government that has presided over falling wages for the majority, the rich getting richer and destitution for many. His energy department is in chaos. I definitely could do better! HJarrs
  • Score: 0

11:27am Wed 16 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

HJarrs wrote:
ohhumanity wrote:
I know nothing about this man, the work he has done etc. but I would absolutely love to see everyone who has said "thank god he's gone" try and do better. At least he tried to make a change and clearly worked and studied to get into that position. What are the negative commenters doing with their lives? Apart from moaning?
Well, as getThisCoalitionOut has correctly pointed out, he has been part of a pernicious, vindictive and incompitent government that has presided over falling wages for the majority, the rich getting richer and destitution for many. His energy department is in chaos. I definitely could do better!
And when you start to argue with yourself, your piece will look like this? :

"Well, as getThisCoalitionOut has correctly pointed out, he has been part of a productive, friendly competent government that has presided over rising wages for the majority, the rich getting poorer and prosperity for many. His energy department is in the best of shape. I definitely could not do better!"
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ohhumanity[/bold] wrote: I know nothing about this man, the work he has done etc. but I would absolutely love to see everyone who has said "thank god he's gone" try and do better. At least he tried to make a change and clearly worked and studied to get into that position. What are the negative commenters doing with their lives? Apart from moaning?[/p][/quote]Well, as getThisCoalitionOut has correctly pointed out, he has been part of a pernicious, vindictive and incompitent government that has presided over falling wages for the majority, the rich getting richer and destitution for many. His energy department is in chaos. I definitely could do better![/p][/quote]And when you start to argue with yourself, your piece will look like this? : "Well, as getThisCoalitionOut has correctly pointed out, he has been part of a productive, friendly competent government that has presided over rising wages for the majority, the rich getting poorer and prosperity for many. His energy department is in the best of shape. I definitely could not do better!" stevo!!
  • Score: -2

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