The Glasgow North East by-election, triggered by the resignation of the sitting Labour MP and House of Commons Speaker Michael Martin, will take place on 12 November.
There will be three contests in this election.
• To win the election (Labour is the favourite against the SNP).
• Between the “candidates of the left” and the BNP.
• And rivalry between the left candidates.
Michael Martin stepped down at the height of last summer’s scandal over MPs’ expenses, after facing sustained attack for his failure to be critical of MPs who had milked the Commons expenses system and after trying to