Congratulations to Willie Bain, and congratulations to all those who worked and campaigned in Glasgow. A fantastic result, and a salute to the work of everyone who delivered a leaflet, knocked on a door, made a phonecall or put up a poster.
What’s interesting about this result, for me is that although the Micheal Martin resigned almost five months ago (in late June), thus making the By-election campaign one of the longest imaginable, none of the main opposition parties built up a head of steam. Usually, even in the safest Labour seats, a long by-election campaign is awful for the sitting party, as it allows opponents to put in resources, time, build up infrastructure, identify issues, and become locally identified. The Lib Dems are especially good at this as we saw in Brent and in Hartlepool.
This time, that didn’t happen, even though the seat was vacant for three times as long as the Glasgow East by-election. A toast therefore to Scottish Labour camapign organisers and workers.