From Andrew Reeves I learn that John McFall has just announced his intention to step down from his West Dunbartonshire seat in 96 days time.
From 1998-9 he was at the Northern Ireland Office and one of the Departments he was responsible for was the Department of Economic Development before it was devolved into the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment. Therefore my first time seeing the man was at the Department's offices at Netherleigh.
As Andrew points out this isn't just another MP stepping down he is the Chairman of the Tresury Select Committee. He is also one of those backbench MPs that Labour haven't been concerned about making appearances on TV.
In McFall's Statement he says:
"After twenty three years representing my local area in Westminster and having reached normal retirement age, I see this as a natural time to move on and explore other areas of interest."
So that is another seat that Jeff is going to have to add to his list of missing candidates with probably just over 2 months until the election is called.