Below is the text of a letter Sir George sent to the Prime Minister on June 16th.
And, below that, an extract from the exchange at Prime Minister's Questions
16th June 2014
When we met at No 10 on 12th June, I said I would like to stand down as Chief Whip when you next reshuffled the Government.
After completing two and a half years as Leader of the House in 2012, I had no idea I would be asked back in to the Government so soon, to take over the Whips’ Office from Andrew Mitchell.
It has been a real pleasure to help put the Government’s legislative programme on the statute book and to lead a first rate team of Conservative Whips, ably supported by my special adviser, my principal private secretary and the entire team in the Government Whips’ Office. I believe the parliamentary party is now in a better shape, with morale high, as we gear up for the next election.
Since re-joining the Government, I have announced my decision to retire from Parliament at the next election. Therefore given the wide range of talent on the backbenches, I believe it makes sense for me to leave the Government now and to allow others to have the chance I had, when I first joined the Whips’ Office in 1976.
I look forward to supporting the Coalition Government from the backbenches for the remaining months of this Parliament.
Sir George Young Bt CH MP
Government Chief Whip
The Prime Minister
10 Downing Street
Hansard. July 16th
Edward Miliband (Doncaster North) (Lab):
We have always said that we will support the Government when they do the right thing, so can I join thousands of parents across the country in congratulating the Prime Minister on getting rid of the Education Secretary? Why did he demote him?
The Prime Minister:
Before answering the question, I hope that the whole House can come together in this way. My right hon. Friend the Member for North West Hampshire (Sir George Young) has served in this House of Commons for over 40 years and will be retiring at the next election, so when it came to replacing an extraordinary politician and someone who has given so much to this country as the Chief Whip, I wanted to find the very best candidate, and I am proud to have done so in the former Education Secretary.
PM's letter (page 1)
PM's letter (page 2)