North-West Cambridgeshire MP Shailesh Vara is returning to the back benches after losing his governmental position in David Cameron’s reshuffle.
Mr Vara has been a minister serving as a government whip since the General Election of 2010, but announced today (Thursday)that he would now serve his party as a back-bencher.
He said it would be business as usual in his constituency, which takes in areas such as Yaxley, Farcet and Stilton.
He said: “Since my election to Parliament in 2005, I have served on the front bench for six years.
“In opposition, I spent three-and-half-years as the Shadow Deputy Leader of the Commons and in government I have served two-and-half-years in the Government Whips Office.
“It has been an enormous privilege and honour to serve in both these capacities and the Prime Minister was very generous in thanking me for all that I have done.
“From the time I was elected to Parliament I have always sought to serve the people of my constituency to the best of my ability and as far as that is concerned, nothing changes. It is business as usual.”