Labour has opted for a quick by-election in Glasgow East during Glasgow Fairs week, putting forward a local councillor as their candidate. Their hope is that the SNP will not have enough time to get their campaign off the ground. Given the holiday period, the turnout will certainly slump from the 48 per cent recorded at the general election. Labour's challenge may be to mobilise a sufficient vote.
Glasgow East is one of the most deprived constituencies in the country and includes the Easterhouse 'scheme'. Apparently a panel of experts mobilised by The Times have proclaimed it a SNP gain. This seems a bit premature, although it fits in with the prevalent 'narrative of defeat'.