John Cryer’s off

Leyton and Wanstead MP John Cryer has announced he will not be standing in the general election on 4 July. He will be stepping down to spend more time with his young family.

The decision means the Labour Party will need to nominate someone else to contest the seat which has been solidly Labour since it was created in 1997.

Cryer, 60, has been Wanstead’s MP since 2010 – he followed the footsteps of his father and mother, both of whom were MPs. He tweeted on Monday: