"I have had tremendous support from my local party, my family and friends but have concluded that it is time to step down.
"I stand by what I have said in relation to the report by the Commissioner of Standards and do not wish to add to those comments at this time.
"Since joining the Conservative Party nearly 40 years ago I have had the privilege of serving in public office since 1974 and have done so to the best of my ability.
"I have advised the Chief Whip and the chairman of my local Conservative Association that I shall not seek to continue as the Conservative Party Candidate for Old Bexley and Sidcup at the next election.
"Though not an original supporter of David Cameron for the leadership of my party, I believe that he has shown he has both the ability and the character to be Prime Minister of our country and I do not wish my personal circumstances to be a distraction in any way from the real issues that have to be addressed."
ConHome snap survey. What should May do now? Stick with Chequers? Go for Canada or Norway? Walk away? Junk Brexit?
Khan is hanging around City Hall, waiting for the Labour leadership to turn up. London can do better.
Immigration. Brexit simply means regaining control of our border policy. What we do with it then is up to us.
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