Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Edinburgh by-election soon?
... a certain SNP Councillor from the City Centre Ward is apparently off to the States (employment driven), and is about to trigger a local by-election!
You can see the 2007 Ward results here and you'll no doubt notice that, whilst we were 4th on 1st preferences, there were less than 200 such 1st preferences between the top four Parties - with the Greens close behind. All that on a 50% turnout, which would undoubtedly drop considerably in any by-election.
Now - I don't need to spell it out I'm sure, but if the SNP lose that seat to Labour (or the Tories, or the Greens) then their local Coalition Majority with the Lib-Dems would be over :-)
Further dark rumours circulating the Chambers are, of the variety, that they are desperate to lose the by-election so they can extricate themselves from the shambles that has been the last 4-years of the SNP/Lib-Dem stewardship of Edinburgh :-(
Whatever the local SNP's intentions ... if there is to be a by-election ... one thing is for certain: Edinburgh Labour will be in it, to win it.