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Nominations close in by-election

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Voters will go the polls in Glasgow North East on 12 November

Nominations to fight the Glasgow North-East by-election have closed, with a total of 13 candidates vying to win the seat.

The news came as the main parties - Labour, the Tories, the SNP and Lib Dems - stepped up the campaign in the last fortnight until polling day.

The seat was vacated by former Commons Speaker, Michael Martin, who resigned amid the Westminster expenses row.

Voters in Glasgow North East will go to the polls on 12 November.

Hitting the campaign trail, Labour candidate Willie Bain backed a bid for the Possilpark area to win a share of the Scottish government's town centre regeneration fund - warning residents would be "sorely disappointed" if the area lost out.

'Major employer'

"Thanks to the SNP government in Edinburgh, Glasgow will be hardest hit by swingeing cuts to the housing and regeneration budget next year and so the city can't afford to lose out on this bid," he said.

Meanwhile, SNP candidate David Kerr visited Springburn's historic Winter Garden building, describing the site as "a monument to decades of Labour neglect".

"Similar structures in the east, west and south of the city have been restored for the enjoyment of local people - why not in Springburn?" he asked, adding: "The simple fact is, Labour take the people of Glasgow North East for granted."

Scottish Lib Dem leader Tavish Scott took to the campaign trail with the party's candidate Eileen Baxendale, saying that neither Labour nor the SNP could be trusted with the future of Royal Mail, currently going through a period of strike action.

Speaking outside the Springburn Royal Mail sorting office, she said: "The Springburn sorting office is a major employer - if the future of Royal Mail is in doubt, then this will have a serious impact on Glasgow North East.

Ruth Davidson, the Conservative candidate, welcomed an announcement by Prime Minister Gordon Brown to abandon plans for a £17.5m cut to the Territorial Army training budget.

Ms Davidson, a former TA member, added: "Gordon Brown's retreat over cuts to TA training is welcome but I fear it has more to do with saving his own political skin than in truly backing the men and women of our territorial army."

The final list of candidates has been confirmed as:

  • Charlie Baillie, British National Party
  • Willie Bain, Labour
  • Eileen Baxendale, Liberal Democrats
  • Mev Brown, independent
  • Colin Campbell, The Individuals Labour and Tory (TILT)
  • Ruth Davidson, Conservative
  • David Doherty, Green Party
  • Mikey Hughes
  • David Kerr, SNP
  • Louise McDaid, Socialist Labour Party
  • Kevin McVey, Scottish Socialist Party - Make Greed History
  • Tommy Sheridan, Solidarity
  • John Smeaton, Jury Team

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