The snap General Election will usher in some new faces to Westminster and see some old ones leaving the corridors of power sooner than expected. Here we take a look at who’s running and who’s stepping down.

Who’s re-standing for election?

Not all MPs have declared their intention to stand in the election yet but a useful list of current declarations can be found here. The following will be of particular interest to the life sciences sector.

Name Party Constituency Role
Jon Ashworth Labour Leicester South Shadow Health Secretary
Nicola Blackwood Conservative Oxford West and Abingdon Health Minister for life sciences innovation
Jo Churchill Conservative Bury St Edmunds Vice-Chair, APPG for Life Sciences
George Freeman Conservative Mid Norfolk Chair, Prime Minister’s Policy Board
John Glen Conservative Salisbury Treasurer, APPG for Life Sciences
Patrick Grady SNP Glasgow North Member, APPG for Life Sciences
Chris Green Conservative Bolton West Secretary, APPG for Life Sciences
Norman Lamb Lib Dem North Norfolk Former Health Minister
Kit Malthouse Conservative North West Hampshire Chair, APPG for Life Sciences
Liz McInnes Labour Heywood and Middleton Member, APPG for Life Sciences
Stephen Metcalf Conservative South Basildon and East Thurrock Chair, Science and Technology Select Committee
Maggie Throup Conservative Erewash Member, APPG for Life Sciences
Sarah Wollaston Conservative Totnes Chair, Health Select Committee
Daniel Zeichner Labour Cambridge Vice-Chair, APPG for Life Sciences

 

The current Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, Business Secretary, Greg Clark, and Science Minister, Jo Johnson, have not yet said they are standing but it’s probably safe to assume they are!

Who’s standing down?

Among the 25 that have so far said they are leaving Westminster are the former Labour Health Secretary Andy Burnham – who is running for Mayor of Greater Manchester – Iain Wright, Chair of the Business Select Committee, and former Chancellor George Osborne.

Familiar faces looking to return

Many of the Liberal Democrats who lost their seats in the 2015 election are looking to take advantage of this unexpected opportunity to return to Westminster on an anti-hard Brexit ticket. Among them are Julian Huppert – the former Cambridge MP and only practicing research scientist to sit on the green benches in the last Parliament – and Vince Cable, who was Business Secretary from 2010 to 2015 with a keen interest in industrial strategy. Both are running in their old constituencies that they narrowly lost in 2015 and which voted strongly to remain in the EU.

Former Conservative MP for Brentford and Isleworth Mary Macleod is also running to reclaim her seat from Labour, to whom she narrowly lost in 2015. GSK’s global HQ is in the constituency.

Could there be a reshuffle?

The polls strongly suggest that Theresa May’s Conservatives will return to power but recent history has taught us not to place too much faith in such predictions. However, there are rumours that Theresa May could take the opportunity to change some of her ministerial line-up following the election if successful.

Those named so far include Communities Secretary Sajid Javid and Justice Secretary Liz Truss. Some junior ministers may also be moved around.

The NHS is always a hot political issue and Jeremy Hunt has been subject to a lot of bad headlines recently, with The Times saying that Downing Street has been questioning his performance. There has been no suggestion so far that Greg Clark, Jo Johnson, or Nicola Blackwood will be moved. Life science ministers Lord O’Shaunessy and Lord Prior of course needn’t be worried about being re-elected on 8 June but could still be subject to a reshuffle, although there has been no suggestion that they will be.

Watch this blog for further updates. We’ll also be providing analysis of the election result and what it means for the UK life sciences sector after 8 June.