Farewell, Joan

Dame Joan Ruddock, the long-standing Labour MP for Lewisham Deptford, is to stand down at the next election, South London Paper Kate reports.

Perhaps exhausted by her fight to protect Lewisham A&E from closure, she's calling it a day. Given that we can be 100% assured of a Labour MP at the next election, the question becomes: who will Labour choose? Hopefully someone with some energy and passion for local issues.