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Voting under-way in Scottish by-election

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Voting under-way in Scottish by-election


Scotland has been voting in a by-election which is being seen as a crucial test of Gordon Brown’s leadership.

The Glasgow East constituency has long been a solid Labour seat.

But with heavy defeats in several recent elections, Labour’s main rivals the Scottish Nationalist party are hoping for an upset. In 2005, labour recorded a majority of 13,000 over the SNP.

The Labour premier has seen his popularity slump since taking office 13 months ago. The Scottish Nationalists have criticised Brown for staying away during the campaign.

With a tight result expected, voter enthusiasm is likely to play a key role in the outcome.

One of Europe’s most deprived areas, unemployment and drug addiction in the Glasgow district far surpasses the national average.

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