The Scottish National party has won Glasgow East, one of Labour's safest seats, by 365 votes.
(Labour is the party of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown)
This SNP victory is in spite of possibly strange results with the postal votes.
Of the postal votes, Labour 'campaign insiders' said Labour had secured 46 per cent, the SNP 42% and the other parties 12 per cent. (Glasgow East by-election: polling suggests photo finish). With all the votes counted, the SNP got around 44% of the vote, ahead of Labour.
The Nationalists overturned a Labour majority of 13,507 to win by 365 votes.
There was a swing of 22.54% to the SNP.
The SNP polled 11,277 votes. Labour got 10,912 votes.
The Conservatives came third with 1,639 and the Lib Dems, with 915 votes, came fourth.
Until now, Glasgow East had always voted Labour "in various guises virtually since the party came into existence". - (BBC NEWS SNP stuns Labour.)
The Nationalists' victory means virtually no Labour seats in Scotland, for either the Edinburgh or London parliaments, are safe. Gordon Brown would lose his seat (Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath) with a swing of 21.79% to the SNP..
"A shift of this size replicated across Scotland would reduce the number of Labour lawmakers in Scotland to one from the present 72, according to John Curtice, professor of politics at Strathclyde University in Glasgow." (Brown's Labour Defeated in Parliament Race in Glasgow)
Gordon Brown did not visit Glasgow East. Instead he went to Israel to praise those of its leaders who had once carried out acts of terrorism against Britain.
The SNP is a moderate party that seeks independence for Scotland. It has opposed the Iraq War and the Afghanistan War.
13,507 – Labour's majority in Glasgow East in the 2005 General Election
60.7 – percentage of the vote Labour won three years ago
17.6 – percentage of the vote the SNP won three years ago.
22 per cent – Swing from Labour the Scottish Nationalists needed for victory.
17 per cent – Swing from Labour the Tories achieved in Crewe and Nantwich.
Of the postal votes, Labour 'campaign insiders' said Labour had secured 46 per cent, the SNP 42 per cent and the other parties 12 per cent. (Glasgow East by-election: polling suggests photo finish)
23 November, 2000 - Glasgow Anniesland by-election
Result: Labour hold Majority: 6,157 Swing: 6.5% from Labour to SNP
29 September, 2005 - Livingston by-election. Result: Labour hold Majority: 2,680 Swing: 10.22% from Labour to SNP