Conservative MP Richard Ottaway has announced he'll stand down from Parliament at the next general election.
He's been MP for Croydon South - a Tory safe seat - since 1992. The announcement is likely to heighten speculation that London mayor Boris Johnson could put himself forward as a candidate for the seat in a bid to return to the Commons.
New laws put forward by a Croydon MP Richard Ottaway to ban cash payments for traders who buy scrap metal were debated in the Commons today. Yet a change in legislation is too late for the Henry Moore Foundation whose bronze sculpture worth half a million pounds was stolen.
A Croydon MP has this morning told the House of Commons why scrap metal dealers need to be licensed.
Richard Ottaway has introduced a Private Members Bill after a spate of metal thefts across London.
He believes that a licensing system is the only way to prevent thieves selling stolen metal on.
Carolyn Sim reports.