Houghton & Washington East Labour MP Fraser Kemp has announced he will leave Parliament at the next election. Kemp has been a key figure in Labour election strategy but has become increasingly disillusioned.
Fifty this week, Kemp has seen the writing on the wall for Labour and wants to get out while he is still young enough to build a new career. I suspect he will not be alone in that. Watch out for a whole string of retirement announcements for Labour MPs in their mid forties to early fifties.
UPDATE: A mutal friend of Fraser's phones to say that Fraser is not disillusioned and that he's going because after 30 years he really does want a change. He's actually quite excited about a new challenge.
I have to say that although Fraser is quite a tribal politician he's bloody good company and I really wish him all the best in whatever this new challenge is.