Labour's organisers in Scotland think they have won a last-minute victory
over the Scottish Nationalists in a battle for control of the Scottish
Parliament. Results from postal voting in key constituencies have reinforced
opinion-poll evidence of a swing to Labour. In Ochil, a seat currently held by
the SNP, Labour has taken 457 out of 981 votes cast by post. The SNP has 322,
the Tories 127 and the Liberal Democrats 75. In another key marginal,
Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Labour's David Whitton,a former aide to the man who
created the Scottish Parliament, the late Donald Dewar, has picked up 202 postal
votes out of about 700. The other main candidates have between 100 and 150. The
seat is held by an independent, Jean Turner.
This is deeply worrying.