TODAY’S mock by-election for the Glasgow Pollok takes the real name of a constituency that no longer exists – but was a fierce battleground over many years.
Candidates from the Progress, Tomorrow, Transform and Vision have outlined their policies during the campaign, but how do they compare to the real by-elections of the past?
The area of Pollok itself is a small constituency of 12,000 and on average poorer than most, with 36% of children living in poverty in the constituency since 2019.
With a history of being one of the more deprived areas in Glasgow, Pollok has normally leaned to Labour when it came to elections. The last seven elections ended in Labour victories with James White being succeeded by Jimmy Dunnachie.
Currently none of our candidates have publicly backed the any actual party however, Pollok in the past voted Conservative.
In 1967 Esmond Wright took the previously held Labour seat winning against Dick Douglas. Mr Wright said at the time he had no political aspirations and didn’t expect to win the election. He later lost the seat in the 1970 General Election to Labour’s James White.
The candidates in the college mock election, part of the UK Parliament Week campaign, are vying for a constituency that has been deep in Labour’s pockets for decades but has shown that it has the potential for surprise.
Words by Callum Doyle