Ochil and South Perthshire is never exactly going to be safe.
On the other hand, Falkirk is one of the few seats in Scotland which could elect a new Labour MP in 2015, so there's something worth squabbling over at stake.
But surely squabbling behind closed doors, under the circumstances
The question does arise, though, of whether squabbling in the open is a more effective method of getting your complaint out to the selectorate than doing it behind closed doors. Let's recall how few of the people who'll vote in a selection contest regularly turn up to General Committee meetings.
Particularly since the evidence that the electorate gives a damn about the internecine pissing contests of political parties is mixed, to say the least.
Predecessor Dennis Canavan, today said Mr Joyce he should to 'do the decent thing' and resign his seat immediately. Mr Canavan, 70, speaking at his home near Stirling, said: 'It's a sad situation. It's sad for Eric Joyce but it's even sadder for the people of Falkirk. 'For over a year now they have had no effective representation in Parliament and they don't deserve this. 'I said last year it was time to go for the sake of his constituents and for his own sake, because obviously he has a serious problem and he needs help, and he needs to seek help. 'Being a member of parliament can be very stressful at times, and it requires someone who is fit for the job. 'His serial misconduct shows that he is not fit for the job. 'He has brought himself into disrepute, he has brought Parliament into disrepute, and he has brought Falkirk into disrepute. 'He should do the decent thing and go now. 'He is just a huge embarrassment, and is incapable of doing his job. I am sure the majority of people in Falkirk and in Scotland would agree with me.'
Depends which of three sentencing bands the facts of the crime fall into.
Category 1: Greater harm (serious injury must normally be present) and higher culpability Category 2: Greater harm (serious injury must normally be present) and lower culpability; or lesser harm and higher culpability Category 3: Lesser harm and lower culpability
Drunkenness is considered to increase culpability, so probably looking at category 2. That's a starting point of 6 months, with a higher end of 1 year.
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UKIP have no chance in Falkirk. It should be a labour hold if there were a by-election but with the SNP as the main contenders. There are no guarantees however. Labour held onto John Smith's seat after he died by a narrow margin and this is when they were riding very high in the polls.
A conservative who has always lived in labour areas.
Re your other comments, the SNP would surely be favourites if there was any by-election here (not least to the circumstances in which any vacancy would have come about) And if they only just lost pretty much the same seat back in 2000, we can draw our own conclusions from that too.....
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