13 Nov 2009

Labour party has strong win in Scottish seat

10:57 pm on 13 November 2009

Britain's ruling Labour Party has scored a big win in a vote in a parliamentary by-election in Glasgow in Scotland.

Labour candidate Willie Bain polled more than 12,000 votes, almost three times as many as second placed candidate David Kerr from the Scottish National Party.

The election in Glasgow North East was caused by the departure of parliament speaker Michael Martin after criticism of how he handled the expenses scandal earlier this year.

Labour is trailing behind the Conservatives in opinion polls but Glasgow is a city where the main opposition party has little support.

A general election is due in Britain by next June.