Gordon Brown has successfully avoided a forthcoming by-election in Motherwell and Wishaw.
Instead of Jack McConnell jetting off to Malawi to take over from Richard Wildash as the Malawi High Commissioner, he will instead become a part time diplomat working with war-torn nations. He will keep his MSP seat. The Motherwell and Wishaw electorate will have to put up with a part-time MSP.
Perhaps Jack’s experience in Motherwell and Wishaw dealing with his local Labour Party will put him in good stead.
The former First Minister will keep the part time job until 2011.
The Malawi High Commissioner role will be filled by a career diplomat until then.
Jack McConnell was due to leave for the Malawi High Commissioner job. It created rumours that the subsequent by-election would be held on the same day as the Glenrothes by-election, splitting the SNP’s activists between the two campaigns.
A divide and conquer approach may have helped Labour hold the seats.
Perhaps Labour have done their own calculations about their own activists and discovered that they haven’t got the activist base to fight these two by-elections on the same day.
Now both the SNP and Labour can solely concentrate on the Glenrothes by-election.
Whenever Labour gets round to calling it.