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LONDON, Jan. 6, 2024

From our Overseas Bureau

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has been hit with a by-election challenge as a former energy minister resigned as Conservative Party M.P. over new oil and gas production related legislation coming up in Parliament next week.

Chris Skidmore, who was a minister for energy under former prime minister Boris Johnson, said he was resigning as Tory MP for Kingswood in Gloucestershire, South-West England, because the constituents deserved a new member of Parliament after his personal decision not to continue in the Commons.

Chris Skidmore, aged 42, had already announced plans not to contest the next general election but his hastened exit means Sunak will be forced to contend with a byelection, which is often seen as a precursor to the final poll results in a general election year.

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