Gordon Brown has received an unexpected boost following his Labour party’s surprise win in a Scottish by-election.
For Britain’s Prime Minister, the victory over Labour’s main rival, the pro-independence Scottish National Party, is firm evidence that people back his handling of the financial crisis.
“What I learnt from this by-election is that people are prepared to support governments that will help people fairly through the downturn, and offer real help to people in tough times.. and people are prepared to give support to governments who are prepared to take the action and less willing to support people who have no idea about the problems we’ve got,” Brown said in reaction to the result.
The win in Glenrothes, which borders Brown’s own constituency, is a radical reversal of fortunes for the prime minister.
A few months ago, some Labour members openly questioned Brown’s leadership after the party scored poorly in local elections and fell 20 points behind the opposition Conservatives in the opinion polls.