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UK Government Minister for Levelling Up steps down

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Dehenna Davison has informed Rishi Sunak she will not be continuing in the role. 

A UK Government Minister in the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has confirmed she will step down after "chronic migraines" made it "impossible" to do her job. 

Dehenna Davison, an MP for Bishop Auckland who has already confirmed she will step down at the next UK General Election, made the announcement that she will step back from the role of Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Levelling Up on X (formerly Twitter). 

She was replaced in the role by Jacob Young, an MP for Redcar who previously held the role of Assistant Government Whip. 

Ms Davison posted a letter to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on social media, outlining her reasons for stepping back from the role. 

She said the people of the UK deserve "a minister who can give the job the energy it needs”, describing her time in the role as "an immense privilege that I will forever remember".

Ms Davison was appointed on September 8 last year by then-Prime Minister Liz Truss, and has continued in the role until this week. 

She wrote: “Unfortunately, for some time now I have been battling with chronic migraine, which has had a great impact on my ability to carry out the role.

“Some days I'm fine, but on others it is difficult, if not impossible, to keep up with the demands of ministerial life.

“Though I have tried to mitigate, and am grateful to colleagues for their patience at times, I don’t feel it is right to continue in the role. At such a critical time for levelling up, I believe the people of communities like mine, and across the country, deserve a minister who can give the job the energy it needs. I regret that I no longer can.

“And as my capacity is currently diminished, it feels right to focus it on my constituents and promoting conservatism from the backbenches.”