The chances of a repeat of this year’s bitter election battle between Zac Goldsmith and Susan Kramer receded this week as the former MP indicated she was unlikely to contest the seat at the next election.

Mrs Kramer officially remains Liberal Democrat candidate for Richmond Park until six months after the election, but when asked whether she would seek the nomination again she said it was not on her agenda.

She said: “I think you move on and you don’t constantly try to replay the past. I would have liked the chance to do another term but the voters decided otherwise.”

The former MP is one of two candidates in the race to be Lib Dem Party president, running against Tim Farron MP. Speaking about the post, Mrs Kramer said: “I have time I had never had before and this would be a way to give back to all the people who helped me over the years.

“This is a job where one would spend a great deal of time with members up and down the country making sure they’re heard by the leadership.”

Ballot paper for the presidential election will be sent out on October 16, and have to be returned by November 10.