A new post-war record has been set today, as the number of Tory MPs to announce they are standing down before the fast-approaching general election rose to 77.

The 77th to join the exodus was Housing Secretary, Michael Gove.

“There comes a moment when you know that it is time to leave”, said the long-time cabinet minister this evening, citing the toll that nearly 20 years as the Conservative MP for Surrey Heath had taken on his personal life.