I am hearing that the BBC are correct and that the SNP have sneaked the Glenrothes By election by about 500 votes.
This clearly is not good news. Although things were moving our way there's clearly a great deal more to do for folk to trust us again for all of politics is about trust. Lindsay Roy, our candidate, was trusted by a great deal of folk. I saw that on the door steps myself. But its the brand. The Labour brand is damaged and is in need of repair. Sure its about policies but for people to believe in a policy, to be willing to go with the change a policy brings, they need to believe in the person promoting that policy and their party. And that's what we have not yet achieved. We can and we will, (I nearly said Yes we can but that's been said before somewhere!), but we haven't done it yet and Glenrothes is a clear indicator of that.
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