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Mensch resignation reaction: ‘why did she bother becoming an MP in the first place?’ Labour candidate “Fired up, ready to go.”

LabourList:  LabourList As Louise Mensch sensationally resigns having been an MP for just two years (managing to distract the Westminster village from the Olympics for a few moments), we thought it might be a good chance to take a look at the Labour and Co-op candidate for Corby – Andy Sawford.

Conservative Home:  Conservative Home Since being elected as MP for Corby two years ago, Louise Mensch has been one of the busiest, most engaging and vibrant voices on the backbenches — and now, sadly, she has resigned. I’ve pasted her correspondence with the Prime Minister below, but the basic point is that she is moving to New York to spend more time with her family. We at ConservativeHome certainly wish her well in whatever she does next.

Louise Mensch Quits As MP, Corby By-Election A Massive Test For Cameron And Miliband Huffington Post …Cameron will have been loath to let Mensch leave Parliament because it would and now has triggered an inevitably bloody and frenzied by-election in Corby, one of the most marginal and socially divided seats in Britain. A true bellwether, the seat comprises the former steel town of Corby, surrounded by some of the most affluent, chocolate box villages to be found anywhere in England.

Could Louise Mensch’s seat provide the opening for a Boris return? 

 The Guardian (blog) Louise Mensch has stepped down for family reasons, no doubt, but don’t discount inner Tory politics, her marginal seat and the ‘posh girl from London’ tag loathed by many Conservatives. (blog) When David Cameron cooked up the A-list of would be Tory MPs, the idea was to get people from beyond the traditional forcing houses of politics into Westminster. Louise Mensch, or Bagshawe as she was then, was the perfect example: a successful author, from outside politics, wincingly loyal to Dave, outspoken and a woman. Traditional Tories hated the A list for its favouritism and its aura of privilege and Dave-like entitlement. They also suspected that A-listers might be somewhat unreliable, fly-by-night chancers who would fade at the first whiff of grapeshot.

George Osborne: Louise Mensch was a fantastic politician The Telegraph Video at link The Chancellor thanks the former Corby MP for her two years of service following her announcement that she is to resign her seat for family reasons.

 Daily Mail This morning Louise Mensch resigned her position as the MP for Corby in Northamptonshire leaving David Cameron with a nightmare by-election.  Her reason for her resignation was to ‘spend more time with her family’.  When MPs state this reason for leaving there is normally a nasty gremlin in the cupboard waiting to get out or the press have been tipped off of some mis-demeanour.  In this case the reason for resignation just might be true.

 Evening Standard  Furious constituents today blasted Tory MP Louise Mensch for announcing that she was quitting politics after representing them for just two years. The former author, who won the Corby and East Northamptonshire constituency in the 2010 General Election, claimed she found it “ unbelievably difficult” to see her three children and husband. But local voters said she was ‘totally useless as an MP’ who still managed to find time to set up a social networking site (blog) Louise Mensch is a Marmite politician. Tory MPs, Question Time viewers and people on Twitter, tend to either love or dislike her. To fans she is a blast of fresh air, someone determined to speak her mind and fully connected to the modern world via her social media persona and chick-lit novels. To many others she is a self-obsessed careerist on the make.

 The Guardian And so we wave goodbye to Louise Mensch,who announced she will be resigning her parliamentary seat in Corby because it had proved impossible to combine her work with her family life. The politically obsessive wing of the UK internet lost no time in pointing out that Mensch might have dropped her sideline in social media start-ups, or her many media appearances, if her professional life had become so onerous.

 The Week Ed Miliband handed golden opportunity as Tory MP quits to join husband and family in New York. WITHIN five minutes of Tory MP Louise Mensch announcing she is quitting her highly marginal Corby and East Northampton seat to go to the US with her rock ‘n’ roll husband and family, the Twittersphere was alive with speculation about this being a golden opportunity for Ed Miliband and Labour to gain the Tory constituency in the by-election.

 The Independent …Her departure is a blow for David Cameron, who is now faced with a by-election in Corby, which was a Labour seat for 13 years until Mrs Mensch took it with a majority of just 1,951 in 2010. The by-election is expected to be held on 15 November.

Mensch resigns: Cameron faces dangerous by-election The prominent Tory MP Louise Mensch resigned this morning, in a move which shocked Westminster and could damage David Cameron.

 The Telegraph Even before being elected MP for Corby and Northamptonshire East, she was a familiar face as the author of a series of “chick lit” novels, her telegenic looks making her a favourite of television producers intrigued by the stern Tory views being espoused by a pretty young blonde. She was an MP whose prominence was due predominantly to Twitter, so it was unsurprising when the social media site sparked into life following her resignation. Politicians, journalists and members of the public all responded to the news Louise Mensch was stepping down from politics.

 Corby by-election will be held on 15th November.  Labour candidate. (blog) Opinion …Louise is going to have to come up with something pretty convincing if she isn’t going to leave people thinking: she got elected, got bored and flounced out. Corby Conservatives, whose praises Mensch has sung so ardently on Twitter, may have a few messages to tweet back at her.

 Evening Standard Meanwhile… a mixed reaction on Twitter to Mensch’s resignation…

 Huffington Post UK …Andy Sawford, the Labour parliamentary candidate for Corby, responded to the news on Twitter: “Fired up, ready to go.”

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