SNP stuns Labour in Glasgow East
In a major setback to ruling Labour party , the Scottish National Party has won a by-election on Glasgow East seat. Labour critics hailed the victory and said that Labour is mired in failure. However, SNP leader Alex Salmond doesn't think immediate exit of Gordon Brown from Downing Street.
The Scottish National Party has pulled off a stunning by-election victory by winning Glasgow East, one of Labour's safest seats, by 365 votes.
The SNP overturned a Labour majority of 13,507 to win with a swing of 22.54%.
The SNP polled 11,277 votes in the contest, while the Tories came third with 1,639 and the Lib Dems, with 915 votes, came fourth.
SNP candidate John Mason said the victory was "off the Richter scale", while Labour expressed disappointment.
Voter turnout was 42.25%, down on the 48% figure at the last election, with 26,219 votes cast.
The result was declared at Glasgow's Tollcross Leisure Centre in the early hours of Friday, after a recount was requested by Labour, which won 10,912 votes in the contest.