Jean Turner MSP, the GP who beat Labour to take Strathkelvin and Bearsden in 2003, has today announced that she is to stand again in May. This is despite making a pledge to only stand for 1 term.
Turner could well keep the seat considering the unpopularity of Labour. It will be tougher than when she won it in 2003 as her key issue to save Stobhill Hospital has been dealt with successfully.
Every constituency seat is crucial for Labour. Labour need David Whitton to win this seat for them. Without seats like this Labour will be looking ever closer to the possibility of not being the largest party after May 3rd.
I wouldn't put money on Turner keeping this seat, but given a fair wind she might just. Against her is the lack of single issue and her anonymity during the last four years. The people of Strathkelvin and Bearsden will have to decide if they want a Labour government or if they can cope with an ineffective non-entity representing them for another four years. Crucially, they need to ask if Jean Turner would support a Labour or SNP government in the event of such a close tie.