John McFall, the labour MP for West Dunbartonshire, has announced he's standing down and will not be contesting the general election. Having reached the age of 65 he considers it's time to pay more attention to his other interests.
He is perhaps better known as the chairman of the Commons Treasury Select Committee to which he was elected in 2001 before being re-elected in 2005 and was prominent during the banking crisis when his committee interviewed high profile figures such as Mervyn King and Fred Goodwin.
Also he chairs the All Party Parliamentary Groups for the Scotch Whisky and Spirits and the Royal Navy and is vice-chair of the South Africa Group.
Two other chairmanships he holds outwith Westminster are the Strathleven Regeneration Company and Clydebank re-built, two development companies based in his constituency.
Mr McFall, prior to becoming an MP in 1987, was a chemistry and maths teacher in Dunbarton and his majority at the last election was 12,553.
West Dunbartonshire is a labour stronghold but it's interesting to note that when he was first elected in 1987 his majority was just a little over 2,000. The then Dunbarton constituency was replaced with the new West Dunbartonshire constituency in time for the 2005 general election.
Candidates for the general election have yet to be announced. It would be quite a task for the SNP to challenge the 30.2% majority of John McFall, but then again stranger things have happened in Scottish politics in recent years.
Addendum: Cathy Jamieson will stand for former defence secretary Des Browne's seat. She was selected as the candidate for the Kilmarnock and Loudoun seat which Des Browne won with an 8,703 majority in 2005.