I just found this interesting list of MPs who are retiring at the next General Election - click on the title of this entry to see them all.
A few surprises I had missed somewhere along the line.
No more Michael Howard or his bete noir Ann Widdecombe.
Phil Willis who I shall always remember on May 2nd 1997, going into the school where he was headmaster to tell the kids he had just been elected as a LibDem MP quite out of the blue and would not be back!
And some friends of mine; Colin Challen, who I worked with for five years in Yorkshire, my fellow GMB conspirator. I expect he is going off to do some Environmental work. Colin, if you catch this, let me know what you are up to. Richard Caborn in Sheffield, longest serving Sports Minister, lovely man with a lovely family.
Chris McCafferty, one of the best MPs I ever campaigned for, if not the actual best. Her work with women on the international stage has never received the credit it deserved. She has been marvellous on those subjects that nobody likes to talk about - tax on sanitary towels and tampons, female genital mutilation, enforced sterilisation programmes. Not a high flyer, nor a Minister, but her contribution to women's rights has been fantastic and she has achieved so much in her time in office. She is the kind of politician that makes you proud to be a Labour Party member.