I was not surprised, but rather disapointed to read on Iain Dale's blog that Ann Widdecombe plans to stand down at the next general election. I mean, she may be an opponent, but she is one of the few opposition politicians I am rather fond of and think she sometimes has a breezy style of common sense which we all need to hear from time to time.
Am not sure about her political acumen with regard to those politicians outside the Party structure though ;)
On other news it seems that Tony Benn is interested in standing for Parliament again. I say that as opposed to wanting to return to Parliament, as Tony is standing in a Tory fiefdom, so I think he is just trying to make a point somewhere. That said I wish him well and incidentally I have recently been reading through his latest volume of diaries which came out last week. They are definetly worth buying, esp as each volume seems to get better, or ratherwe live in a political climate where, whether you agree with Benn or not (and a lot of the time I don't), his views are worth looking at and taking into consideration.
Oh and I came across this gem on YouTube. Its a Labour Party Broadcast from the 1959 general election campaign which Tony Benn hosted