A poll showing an 11-point polling deficit following news that the Sun giving its backing to the SNP has caused something of a Brown trousers moment for Labour strategists in Scotland — but not in the way you might think. While his dour demeanour may do him few favours south of the border, Gordon Brown remains one of the Scottish Labour Party’s strongest electoral assets.
Yesterday saw him hitting the campaign trail with Scottish leader Iain Gray. And this isn’t the last Scots voters will be hearing from the former prime minister before 5 May. A trusted campaign source told Scrapbook:
“Iain Gray is viewed as lacking gravitas in comparison with Alex Salmond. But there’s no heavier hitter than Gordon. He’s the 500-pound gorilla of Scottish politics.”
The Nats will be providing Gillian Duffy with free transport to Fife.