Labour have launched their by-election campaign in Glasgow East with a ferocious attack on the SNP. Candidate Margaret Curran said that if she won the seat she would resolve the issue of her Holyrood seat 'in the short term'. She also appeared to distance herself from Gordon Brown's position on the Iraq war.
Unveiled at last. The candidate Labour believes can hold its third safest Scottish seat. Margaret Curran said: ""I've worked in the east end all my life, and lived in the east end all my life."
Ms Curran has actually spent much of her life on Glasgow's South side. She is of course and MSP who wants to be an MP. Asked, if successful would she quit Holyrood, she replied: ""That will be resolved in the short term. I think..."
As for how long the short term would be , she replied: ""Well, can I tell you what I'll do - I'm making my position very clear - I'll take that to the constituents,the people I speak to on the doors. I'll ask them. "
She also appeared to back Scottish Labour's line on an independence referendum, saying: "I am not frightened of the verdict of the Scottish people." On Iraq, she seemed to want to duck the question. Asked if she supported the war in Iraq, she replied: "I voted in the Scottish Parliament for us to have a second resolution at the... em... United Nations, um, em, and that's what I'll be doing. Thank you."
There was a press conference by pavement for the Lib Dems as they paraded candidate Ian Robertson, who really is local. He said: "If you want to be the MP for the people of Glasgow East you should be committed to that cause.I think we're being given a part time MP from the Labour Party here. I also think the SNP candidate, although a very good councillor, really is just going to be somebody furthering the cause of independence."
Labour launch their campaign with a strong attack on the SNP, and an equally strong attack on the SNP candidate. We can expect more of the same in the coming two weeks.