Glasgow City Council; caused by the death of Labour councillor George Ryan, a Glasgow city councillor since reorganisation in 1995, at the age of 51.
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Shettleston has been relatively unaffected by the SNP rise in Glasgow, and in the 2012 election the Labour share of the vote rose from 52% to 61%, mostly at the expense of minor parties. Since the introduction of PR in 2007 the SNP have held one of the four seats here with Labour in possession of the other three.
The minor parties could be back with a vengeance with twelve candidates on the ballot paper, several of whom also stood in the Govan by-election two months ago. Labour's Martin Neill has to be the favourite to win the by-election and should do so in the first round. His main opposition will come from the SNP's Laura Doherty, a 22-year-old art gallery assistant, and, if the evidence of the Govan by-election is anything to go by, the anti-bedroom tax campaigner John Flanagan. Also standing are Raymond McCrae (Conservative), Alasdair Duke (Scottish Green Party), Tommy Ball (Scottish Socialist Party), James Spiers (Lib Dem), Charles Baillie (Britannica), Jamie Cocozza (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition), Victor Murphy (Christian Party), Arthur Thackeray (UKIP) and James Trolland (Scottish Democratic Alliance), who must surely do better this time than the one vote he polled in Govan.
Parliamentary constituency: Glasgow East
Holyrood constituency: Glasgow Shettleston (Glasgow region)
ONS Travel to Work Area: Glasgow
Postcode districts: G31, G32
Charles Baillie (Britannica)
Tommy Ball (SSP)
Jamie Cocozza (TUSC)
Laura Doherty (SNP)
Alasdair Duke (Grn)
John Flanagan (No Bedroom Tax)
Raymond McCrae (C)
Victor Murphy (Chr)
Martin Neill (Lab)
James Spiers (LD)
Arthur Thackeray (UKIP)
James Trolland (Scottish Democratic Alliance)
May 2012 first preferences Lab 4256 (3 seats) SNP 2172 (1 seat) C 284 Grn 105 Glasgow First 98 SSP 63 LD 52
May 2007 first preferences Lab 4616 (3 seats) SNP 1896 (1 seat) C 565 Solidarity 458 LD 420 BNP 268 Grn 227 Scottish Unionist 190 SSP 163