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Out and in

Brian Taylor | 13:33 UK time, Monday, 1 February 2010

Outs and ins. Labour MP, Nigel Griffiths, announces that he is to leave parliament to spend more time with an international educational institution.

Mr Griffiths said it was a "once in a lifetime" opportunity to combine acting as director with lecturing on climate change, conflict resolution and nuclear disarmament.

Rather than looking to the future, some observers may be inclined to cast their minds back a couple of years when the married MP was obliged to apologise after a newspaper disclosed he had sex with a woman in his Commons office.

One or two may be casting still further back in time: to 2005 when Mr Griffiths only held his Edinburgh South constituency with a slim majority of 405 over the Liberal Democrats, leaving the seat potentially vulnerable.

(The third placed Tories are also voicing optimism.)

Also departing, Labour's John McFall, who has won fame for chairing the Treasury select committee during the economic crisis.

Mr McFall is stepping down in West Dunbartonshire.

Now there is always churn at election time - but it does look as if the turnover will be substantial this time around. (The voters, of course, may add to the tally.)
Thus far, nine Scottish Labour MPs are retiring/departing before a vote is cast.

One Lib Dem, John Barrett, has announced that he is to go. The SNP's cohort - with the exception of Alex Salmond - are all seeking re-election, as is the solitary Tory.

And the ins? Those candidates being selected to fill the vacancies.

For Labour, they now include Cathy Jamieson MSP who fancies a switch of venues to pursue her political career at Westminster.


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