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Scottish Socialist Party squeezed

Issue No. 1950a

It was a disappointing election for the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP), as its vote dropped across Scotland. Keith Baldassara won one of the SSP’s best votes of 1,666 — 5.4 percent — in Glasgow South West.

Keith told Socialist Worker, “There has been a significant shift in Glasgow and Scotland to the Liberal Democrats. It is a softer vote away from Labour.

“The SSP is the only party that stood for wealth redistribution, which is in line with what 78 percent of people in a recent BBC poll said they wanted. But we were blanked out — if we’d had complete national coverage we could have held our own.

“I’m convinced that this is just a blip. We will return to campaign on the day to day issues, such as the coming battle over pensions.

“There seems to be a different pattern between the elections that take place to Westminster and the local elections and those for the Scottish Parliament.”

For the SSP’s best results see Election results

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Sat 7 May 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1950a
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