Glasgow East latest

Well, they say a week is a long time in politics! Wednesday saw the shock resignation of our Scottish Party Leader, Nicol Stephen, on Thursday we selected East End Ian Robertson for the Glasgow East by-election and then on Friday Labour selected nobody because the favourite didn’t turn up … you couldn’t make this up, could you?

The Liberal Democrats have a great candidate in Ian Robertson, a great campaign office at 888 Shettleston Road, Glasgow, G32 7XN and a fantastic team coming together.

If you look at the posters on the lampposts it really is only the SNP and the Liberal Democrats who are putting up a fight. Labour are just nowhere and Salmond’s Little Helpers in Holyrood, AKA Annabel’s Tories, are just making up the numbers.

If you would like to follow Ian’s campaign, just go to and you can follow Ian on Twitter via

To read more about Labour’s candidate selection problems, see The Herald’s report Labour disarray over by-election candidate

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  • We’re not getting very good coverage on the BBC news site, the Scotland section has David Cameron’s visit as its leading item. We’ve only got a token mention, despite finishing ahead of the Conservatives last time.

    Is Nick Clegg going to be visiting at some point?

  • And yet whilst the Labour party has suspended its leadership contest until after the by election ours continues with yet 2 more candidates announcing.

    We really don’t look like we are taking this by election seriously,

  • Hywel Morgan 8th Jul '08 - 12:52am

    We didn’t suspend the leadership election the last time there was a Scottish by-election 🙂

  • There is no chance of the LibDems winning this seat – they have no track record in glasgow. It will either be a narrow Labour hold or an SNP win

  • Munro – um wrong. Hillhead ring any bells?

    Robert Brown and Chris Mason who for nearly ten years were the only non Labour councillors in the City?

  • It seems the tenor and tone of this by-election is a battle between the heart and the backbone of the left – also to be known as ‘Curran vs Curran’.

    This is looking worse and worse for Labour – I read they only have a couple of dozen active members in the area.

  • So when were Brown and chris Mason councillors as neieher are now and SNP’s john Mason has been a councillor since winning a by election in 1998 – ie 10 yra ago. the SNP has 22 cllrs in Glasgow to the LibDems 5

    Hillhead is different from East as its large student community was ripe for Jenkins but East has no such community

  • This YouGov poll in Scotland has the Lib Dems at 14%, down 9 points from 2005:

    If reproduced at Glasgow East, that would leave us with a lost deposit, in fourth (or perhaps fifth) place.

  • “Lib Dem whip broke postage rules”

    Interesting that this scandal does not feature on your web-site!!!!

  • Scampi – it’s almost as interesting as why you mention the headline, but not the content of the story. Perhaps you could try to enlighten us rather than making an effort to score points with spin.

  • The Telegraph reports the first poll, by ICM, in Glasgow East:
    Lab 47
    SNP 33
    Lib Dem 9
    Con 7,-poll-shows.html

  • Or, as the editors of this site would no doubt express it, a swing of 5% from Labour to the Lib Dems.


  • I know john mason well and the last thing he can be descibed is as a bully – he is always cheery and helpful. DGE fell out with many in party – usuaully because she did not like people who disagreed with her.

  • Hywel Morgan 14th Jul '08 - 12:34am

    Monro – Christopher Mason is still a Lib Dem councillor in Glasgow (assuming it isn’t a different person with the same name!)

  • niall robertson 25th Jul '08 - 11:16pm

    cut out the wishie-washieness, Scotland is a nation – with a lot to be proud of. you people are ignorant about the Scottish, the ability of the Scots and how we are ruled and robbed by a 3rd rate people.
    try and educate yourselves and stop being ideolistic.

  • Niall – you’re right Scotland is a nation with a lot to be proud of – but you’re a miserable whinging erse of the worst Gnat variety…

  • niall robertson 3rd Aug '08 - 2:33am

    didn’t realise that you new me Dan!?
    anyway – Scotland will be independent again.
    a nation – like Norway or Iceland – which will prosper & not just because of oil revenue.
    we might even get news on Europe when we have a down to earth media.
    open your eyes!

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