The BBC is reporting that the Labour MP for Glenrothes, John Macdougall, has died after a protracted illness. Glenrothes is the neighbouring seat to Gordon Brown's Fife constituency, where Mr Macdougall had a majority of more than 10,000. A by-election will not take place until a writ can be moved in Parliament in October.*
Mr Macdougall had been suffering from lung cancer for a long time and was a popular MP on the Labour benches. Many condolences to his family.
*UPDATE: Apparently a writ can be moved in a pariamentary recess. It's only if an MP resigns when a by election write can only be moved if Pariament is sitting.