A SUSSEX MP and former Cabinet minister has announced she will not compete in the December General Election.

Amber Rudd, independent MP for Hastings, confirmed today she will stand down for her position.

The former Work and Pensions Secretary left the Conservative Party in September after 21 Tories were kicked out of the party for voting against a no-deal Brexit.

But Ms Rudd told the Evening Standard she had left on "perfectly good terms" with the Prime Minister.

"I’m not finished with politics, I’m just not standing at this election,” she said.

Ms Rudd faced a number of controversies during her term as Home Secretary under Prime Minister Theresa May.

She resigned in April 2018 in the wake of the Windrush scandal, which revealed the Government had threatened to deport children of immigrants who arrived after the Second World War to work.

The former Cabinet minister also faced criticism in 2016 when she proposed forcing companies to disclose how many foreign workers she employed.