Fraser Nelson

Glasgow North East deserves a by-election

Glasgow North East deserves a by-election
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But will there be a by-election? Sure, Michael Martin will step down on 21st June, but what about Glasgow North East? I know how much Gordon Brown enjoys Glasgow by-elections - and personally, I'd love another chance for the nation's spotlight to fall in these Labour rotten boroughs.  

One of the worst aspects of the Westminster system is that you don't mean a thing if your seat's not a swing - except for by-elections.  Martin could become an independent, and stay doing as bad a job for the people who elected him as he always has. But to quit, and let the world see this place - so typical of the decay in urban Britain - would do his constituents a massive service.

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Fraser Nelson is the editor of The Spectator. He is also a columnist with The Daily Telegraph, a member of the advisory board of the Centre for Social Justice and the Centre for Policy Studies.

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