The veteran Labour MP Austin Mitchell has announced he is to stand down as the MP for Great Grimsby at the next election.
The 79-year-old will have represented the town for 38 years when the General Election is held next year. Well before becoming an MP he was of course well known in this region as a presenter here on Calendar.
Christine Talbot has been catching up with him as he contemplates life after Westminster, but ever the TV professional he made the announcement about his retirement in a film he has released.
News of Austin Mitchell's decision to stand down as an MP has been filtering through his constituency of Great Grimsby. The 79 year old has represented the town since 1977 and many of the people we have been speaking to say he will be missed:
The leader of Grimsby's constituency Labour party says Austin Mitchell's decision to step down as an MP will be a great loss to the town. Councillor Ray Sutton says the town will lose someone who has been a friend to many people: