British Defense Minister Ben Wallace said on Saturday that he will step down in the next cabinet reshuffle, after four years at Westminster.
In an interview with the Sunday Times, Mr. Wallace said he will not stand in the next legislative elections, while excluding leaving “prematurely” and triggering a by-election.
A former captain of the ‘Scots Guards’, he served as Minister of Defense under three Prime Ministers and played a leading role in the UK’s response to the conflict in Ukraine.
Aged 53, Mr Wallace was first elected MP in 2005 for the constituency of Lancaster and Wyre, after serving as a Member of the Scottish Parliament for four years.
He now sits in Parliament for the constituency of Wyre and Preston North, a constituency set to disappear in the next election due to upcoming border changes. He assured the newspaper that he would not seek a new one.
This news comes after several days of speculation that he was planning to leave the government. According to the BBC, Wallace informed Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on June 16 of his decision to leave the government.
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