Glasgow southside

THE two Glasgow seats in The Extra’s circulation — Glasgow Southside and Glasgow Cathcart — both followed the nationwide swing to SNP.

A new seat, Glasgow Southside had been predicted to be very tight, but Labour candidate Stephen Curran believes he “always knew the race would be an uphill battle”.

He told The Extra: “Nicola Sturgeon is a prominent candidate and a party leader in waiting, to put that in the context with the SNP’s rising support, we were always up against it.

“It would have been exceptional to win and it was a great learning experience. Nicola now has to deal with the problems of Victoria Road and Shawlands.

“A lot of promises of cash to Glasgow from SNP have been empty gestures”.

James Dornan — a political rival of Stephen Curran in the Glasgow city council chambers — helped to turn Cathcart SNP for the first time since the inaugural Holyrood elections in 1999.

He believes the tension between Glasgow city council and Holyrood is one of Glasgow’s making.

Mr Dornan, who has already been serving Glasgow as a Langside councillor and as leader of the opposition, believes “GCC has adequate funding for schools, it just chooses not to spend its cash there”

As for why he was able to knock incumbent Charlie Gordon from his seat in 2011, but not 2007, Mr Dornan said: “Labour fought identical fights in Holyrood and Westminister and many voters were disillusioned with the party.

“We worked extremely hard and targeted the 2,410 votes left from Independent David Smith who campaigned for better heathcare provision in the south of Glasgow. He was not standing this year.

“The strong record of the SNP government also has to be taken into consideration”.