Results (from Wikipedia).
|Glasgow East by-election, 2008|
|Scottish National Party||John Mason||11,277||43.1||+26.1|
|Liberal Democrat||Ian Robertson||915||3.5||-8.3|
|Scottish Socialist||Frances Curran||555||2.1||-1.4|
|Scottish Green||Eileen Duke||232||0.9||N/A|
|Scottish National Party gain from Labour||Swing||22.54|
I actually thought Labour were going to scrape through - it's absolutely extraordinary that they were able to lose this.
Well done to Frances Curran the Scottish Socialist Party for rising above the field of "others" just a shame they couldn't over run the Lib Dems who are clearly heading into oblivion with Labour, but completely unnoticed - which is far more humiliating in my view.
The Greens did pretty badly here - it was always going to be a squeeze, but still, pretty disappointing for them I would have thought.
I wonder how Labour would have done if Gordon Brown had bothered to visit the constituency during the election? Could that have been the edge they needed - or would it have pushed down even further?