The National: If a journalist asks you if you’re a hypocrite, the answer should be no


By Andrew Learmonth

ED BALLS arrived in Glasgow yesterday to celebrate the news that Scotland may elect a Labour MP next week.

With polling suggesting that Willie Bain, the Glasgow North East candidate, could be the only Labour MP to survive, the party faithful gathered in the Royal Concert Hall to pay tribute to this local hero. Unfortunately Bain couldn’t be there for the celebration. Perhaps he was out campaigning, or getting tips from David Mundell on how to deal with hearing that joke about pandas again and again and again.

The only candidates in the room were Jim Murphy, Ann McKechin and Margaret Curran. They were joined by about 40 members and some press.

This was the fourth Scottish Labour event I’ve been to in this campaign. If one thing has been remarkable of Labour’s events, apart from the fact they let The National in, it is how upbeat the party has been.

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