Labour favourite quits by-election race

Labour's Glasgow East by-election campaign was in chaos last night
after the favourite to become their candidate pulled out at the last

Glasgow councillor George Ryan had been expected to win the backing of local party members at a meeting last night. But he failed to turn up for "family reasons".

Scottish National Party leader and Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond said Labour was in "complete meltdown".

He said: "This is their 'lost weekend' - they don't have a leader in
Scotland, they don't have a candidate in Glasgow East, and they have a
prime minister who refuses to come to the constituency.

"The combination of these extraordinary factors means that Labour have
forfeited any right to represent the people of Glasgow East."