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Election loss big blow for Brown

world Updated: Jul 25, 2008 22:48 IST
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Britain’s ruling Labour Party lost one of its safest parliamentary seats, results showed on Friday, deepening doubts within the party about Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s ability to win the next election.

The pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) snatched a slim 365-vote majority in the Glasgow East constituency, overturning the huge 13,500 majority enjoyed by Labour at the 2005 election.

Defeat leaves Brown facing a bleak political weekend as the party’s main policy-making forum meets to try to figure out how to win back disillusioned voters.

The 22 per cent swing from Labour to the SNP is not just a political but also a personal blow to Brown, a Scot. But the result barely dents Labour’s 62-seat majority in Westminster.