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Trouble in Broon's back yard

24dash.com is making a big hoo-hah about a council by election result in Fife:

"Labour was rocked by a landslide by-election defeat uncomfortably close to Chancellor Gordon Brown's political homebase. The Scottish National Party's John Beare won Fife Council's Markinch and Woodside East seat on a 30% swing since May 2003. The ward comes under Glenrothes' Westminster constituency, next door to Mr Brown's Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath".

As I've noted before, I am not especially keen on the SNP but for the time being my enemy's enemy is my friend.... Mind you Broon took 58.1% of the vote in 2005 to the SNP's 14.5%, so perhaps I should not get too carried away.

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Blogger istanbultory said... 11:23 am

I wouldn't get carried away. Labour's political machinery is still pretty formidable north of the border.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 11:27 am

Too true - a haggis with a red rosette and all that....  



Blogger Scottish Political Junkie said... 12:44 pm

Labour have no money north of the border. They have no money south of the border either now that their cash for peerages game has been rumbled.

To go from a 500+ majority in 2003 to a 500+ deficit in 2006 is some going and shows that they will be struggling come the Scottish Parliament elections next year. Especially in Central Fife, where this by-election took place.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 1:20 pm

Interesting stuff. Thanks for the insight.  



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