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VERBATIM: Former UK PM quits politics

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But I thought about this long and hard over the summer, and I've decided the right thing to do is to stand down as the member of Parliament for Witney. There'll be a by-election. I'll give the Conservative candidate my full support. But in my view, with modern politics with the circumstances of my resignation, it isn't really possible to be a proper MP as a former prime minister.
00:00:29
I think everything you do will become a big distraction and a big diversion from what the government needs to do for our country. And I support Theresa May. I think she's got off to a great start. I think she can be a strong prime minister for our country and I don't want to be that distraction.
00:00:43
I'm sure I will be remembered for keeping that pledge to hold a referendum where many people thought that promise would never be kept. But I hope people will also look back at the 11 years I was leader of the Conservative Party and 6 years as Prime Minister of our country, as a time when we did create a stronger economy.
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1,000 people found work for every day I was Prime Minister.