Tory MP Chris Skidmore to quit over bill 'that promotes production of new oil and gas'

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A former energy minister has said he will quit as a Conservative MP over new legislation "that promotes the production of new oil and gas".

Chris Skidmore has said he will resign when parliament returns next week over the Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill.

The senior Tory had already announced his intention to stand down at the General Election, but bringing this forward will trigger a by-election in his Kingswood constituency in Gloucestershire.

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