Tory backbench boss Sir Graham Brady to stand down at next election after busy stint as 1922 Committee chair | The Sun
SIR Graham Brady, boss of the influential 1922 Tory backbench committee, will stand down at the next general election.
The senior MP announced today he's moving out of politics to "pursue other opportunities and interests".
Sir Graham was first elected in 1997 to represent Altrincham and Sale West.
And he was named Chair of the 1922 Committee in 2010.
In a statement released to his local paper, Sir Graham said: "Representing my home town in the House of Commons has been an immense privilege for which I will always be grateful.
"My colleagues in the House of Commons have also given me the unique opportunity of chairing the 1922 Committee for longer than anyone else in its one hundred year history.
He added: “I have decided to bring this fascinating and fulfilling chapter of my life to a close while I am young enough to pursue other opportunities and interests, so I will not be standing at the next election.”
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The 1922 Committee has the power to take down Tory leaders and sitting Conservative PMs.
When a Conservative MP loses confidence in their leader they can write to Sir Graham in strict privacy, formally declaring their view.
Once 54 letters are amassed, a no confidence vote takes place.
If a Tory leader loses the votes they get booted out of the top job.
The process recently facilitated the brutal downfall of Boris Johnson and Liz Truss.
Sir Graham said he will continue to serve as Committee Chair until the next election if colleagues "want me to".
Then, a vote to replace him will go ahead.
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Sir Graham joins 22 other Tories in leaving the Commons at the next general election.
Former ministers Sajid Javid, George Eustice and Nigel Adams are among those to have also announced they're heading off.
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