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Surprise Labour win in Scotland

world Updated: Nov 08, 2008 23:12 IST
Vijay Dutt
Vijay Dutt
Hindustan Times
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Labour’s least expected win in the Glenrothes by-election, shocked even the most die-hard supporters of the party. Brown strategists had all but written off the contest. Now full of confidence they are speculating on an early general election. Bookmakers slashed the odds on a general election next year, believing Labour could capitalise on the “Brown bounce.”

One MP, insisting on anonymity told HT that an election could be on the way because “recession” would not aid the Brown bounce for too long. The win was in fact due to the handling of the credit crunch by Brown and he knows it. For him the by-election win was a morale-boosting victory.

The Scottish Nationalist Party mounted a determined campaign in an effort to inflict defeat on Brown in his own political backyard, hoping it would be final, fatal blow to his days in Downing Street. But Lindsay Roy, the headmaster at the Prime Minister’s old school, held on to the seat to deliver Labour’s first by-election win for more than a year. Both Labour and the nationalists fought for every vote in the Scottish new town and the outlying villages which make up what would have once been rock solid territory for the Government.