Sir George Young, the member of parliament for North West Hampshire, resigned as Government Chief Whip on Monday in advance of the cabinet reshuffle.
The move was widely expected after 73 year old Sir George announced that he would not seek another term as an MP. Kit Malthouse was selected by the NW Hants Conservative Association to replace him as their candidate.
Sir George said in a letter to the Prime Minister:
“When we met at No 10 on 12th June, I said I would like to stand down as Chief Whip when you next reshuffled the Government.
After completing two and a half years as Leader of the House in 2012, I had no idea I would be asked back in to the Government so soon, to take over the Whips’ Office from Andrew Mitchell.
It has been a real pleasure to help put the Government’s legislative programme on the statute book and to lead a first rate team of Conservative Whips, ably supported by my special adviser, my principal private secretary and the entire team in the Government Whips’ Office. I believe the parliamentary party is now in a better shape, with morale high, as we gear up for the next election.
Since re-joining the Government, I have announced my decision to retire from Parliament at the next election. Therefore given the wide range of talent on the backbenches, I believe it makes sense for me to leave the Government now and to allow others to have the chance I had, when I first joined the Whips’ Office in 1976.
I look forward to supporting the Coalition Government from the backbenches for the remaining months of this Parliament.”
Above is the letter from the Prime Minister in response to Sir George’s resignation, he is replaced by former Education Secretary, Michael Gove.