There are two Parliamentary bye-elections coming up, both of which will have a national profile and both of which are extremely good terrain for the Greens.
Glasgow North East will be voting to replace speaker Martin and Norwich North will be replacing Labour's Ian Gibson. These elections will have very different dynamics but both are more than touched by the expenses scandal so expect this to be an important factor in both.
Two weeks ago the votes for the polling districts covering these areas looked like this;
|Socialist Labour||3.06%||English Democrats||1.45%|
|Scottish Socialist Party||1.72%||Christians||1.31%|
Of course, I need to point out that these figures take in a wider area than the specific Parliamentary seat in question.
In Norwich in particular we are weaker in the north than the south (although this actually means our chances of winning the Norwich South seat at the General is looking very, very good). However we did just win two county council seats in the North so we can expect to get a respectable vote, although I don't think we can win either (SNP and Tory wins are my predictions).
What I do think though is that whipping the Lib Dems and Tories/Labour in both elections would look very good for us and is certainly possible many local Labour members feel the Party has treated Gibson very poorly and they will find it hard to mobilise support.
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