Labour MP for East Glasgow, David Marshall, is to resign

#1
Labour MP for East Glasgow, David Marshall, is to resign his Westminster seat for health reasons.

A party spokesman said: "David Marshall has indicated to local members in Glasgow that he will step down as a Member of Parliament.

Now that will be a by-election to watch!
 
#3
A new seat, there has been only one election which was a strong labour win. If they can't hold this they really are screwed but they're bound to lose some of that majority at the minimum.

2005 results:
Party/Candidate/votes/%/Swing.

Labour David Marshall 18,775 60.7% -3.0
Scottish National Party Lachlan McNeill 5,268 17.0% -0.1
Liberal Democrat David Jackson 3,665 11.8% +6.0
Conservative Carl Thomson 2,135 6.9% +0.8
Scottish Socialist Party George Savage 1,096 3.5% -3.4
Majority 13,507 43.7%
Turnout 30,939 48.2% +1.6
 
#4
Will be a hard win, given the SNP majority in the Scottish parliament, and the fact they may field Elaine C Smith as SNP candidate - the actress who played the wife of Rab C Nesbitt. She is very popular!
 
#7
Random_Task said:
Someone stick an icepick in his skull? Scottish Labour can be quite a Stalinist bunch when it comes to purges.
I doubt it. They'd have to be really absolutely bloody stupid to provoke another by-election just now.

Anyway, odds that they call it for about three weeks time? Though I would love it to be in September. A Labour loss to the SNP just before the party conferences would be a lovely thing to behold.
 

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#8
I am sure Labour will hold it, but the swing away from them will be interesting.
 
#11
Countryman said:
Random_Task said:
Someone stick an icepick in his skull? Scottish Labour can be quite a Stalinist bunch when it comes to purges.
I doubt it. They'd have to be really absolutely bloody stupid to provoke another by-election just now.

Anyway, odds that they call it for about three weeks time? Though I would love it to be in September. A Labour loss to the SNP just before the party conferences would be a lovely thing to behold.
This must be one that Brown must be dreading to call. With Wendy having left the building there will be a fair rammy in terms of leadership election for the Scottish Labour party with Scotland on Sunday predicting a fair amount of blood letting. If they plumb for the bye-election during this period then the SNP would have a chance. If Labour lost this seat given their majority at the last general election then there could be panic in Westminster as MPs look into the abyss. I remember the last 2 years of the Major government when Conservative MPs lost the plot, and IMHO this could be the same situation with Labour now.
 
#14
This is a bad one. If Labour lose to the SNP, then it shows that Cameron probably won't be able to hold the Union together after the next election.
 
#15
lsquared said:
Henley AGAIN! That is my dream.
I hope not. If they did lose the election then that would pretty much seal Gordon Brown's fate I would have thought. So after the conference, giving him the boot and electing a replacement that would give them, what, about a year before they had to finally call an election? The one fear I have is that they'd elect someone that would do a much better job than Brown, not really that hard, and spin their way to either just staying in power or losing but the Conservatives not having enough of a majority if Labour and the Liberal democrats teamed up on a vote.

I just don't have all that much faith in the general public if Labour were to elect a new leader with Tony Blair levels of mendacity and spin that could sell themselves that they might not fall for it. Right now Gordon Brown really does seem to be one of the Conservatives best weapons. He's already seen as a feckless dithering control freak in the public mind and as a bridge/continuance of the Tony Blair years, his centralising tendencies seem to stifle nearly all government ideas - even the ones they're just trying to recycle from before, so unless something truly momentous were to happen in the next year or so he's pretty much toxic for the Labour party in a general election.
 
#16
exile1 said:
Methinks 'health reasons' is a euphemisym for going before wrongdoings emerge. Usually the case.
Remember that if he retires 'on health grounds' he gets his snout in the parliamentary pension trough straight away.

If he gets booted out due to corruption or losing his seat to Rab's missus, he has to wait till retirement age to start drawing the most generous pension in the country.

Expect a lot more retirements on health grounds before the election.

Sick bag anybody?
 
#17
bobthedog said:
Will be a hard win, given the SNP majority in the Scottish parliament, and the fact they may field Elaine C Smith as SNP candidate - the actress who played the wife of Rab C Nesbitt. She is very popular!
She used to be a teacher at my school, back when dinosaurs walked the earth.

She was fat and ugly even then! :twisted:
 
#18
Ancient_Mariner said:
exile1 said:
Methinks 'health reasons' is a euphemisym for going before wrongdoings emerge. Usually the case.
Remember that if he retires 'on health grounds' he gets his snout in the parliamentary pension trough straight away.

If he gets booted out due to corruption or losing his seat to Rab's missus, he has to wait till retirement age to start drawing the most generous pension in the country.

Expect a lot more retirements on health grounds before the election.

Sick bag anybody?
Inaccurate post - David Marshall is 67 and so 'gets his snout in the trough' straight away no matter what the reason.

It saddens me that so many on here are willing to vilify a person without resorting to anything like truth or evidence. Even Private Eye keeps those in mind when publishing.
 
#19
Thunderer said:
Ancient_Mariner said:
exile1 said:
Methinks 'health reasons' is a euphemisym for going before wrongdoings emerge. Usually the case.
Remember that if he retires 'on health grounds' he gets his snout in the parliamentary pension trough straight away.

If he gets booted out due to corruption or losing his seat to Rab's missus, he has to wait till retirement age to start drawing the most generous pension in the country.

Expect a lot more retirements on health grounds before the election.

Sick bag anybody?
Inaccurate post - David Marshall is 67 and so 'gets his snout in the trough' straight away no matter what the reason.

It saddens me that so many on here are willing to vilify a person without resorting to anything like truth or evidence. Even Private Eye keeps those in mind when publishing.
Sven returns? (from the grave??)
 
#20
Why would you think that?

Apparently Sven only defends his political friends. I could have posted this on the 'Tribunal' thread, the 'Police 5' thread or many other threads I have read over the last couple of weeks.

Even General Dannatt or Air Chief Marshal Stirrup is not safe from the vitriol on here. People attack anything or anyone which doesn't fit in with their take.

Your post is a case in point, you seem to want to put me down because I point out that an MP is not going to get his money any more quickly by retiring on health grounds than if he waited to be pushed for some imagined transgression.

I came on here to see if anyone from my old regiment was about as I cannot get to any reunions nowadays. I have found that standards in politeness and fair play have declined in the years since I left the army.
 

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