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Labour deserved to lose Dunfermline


IN THE run-up to the Dunfermline by-election, one of the town's major industrial employers shut – Lexmark, the computer printer company, with the loss of 700 jobs. The day after the election, the town lost a further 70 jobs as the electronics company Simclar moved more production to "low cost" plants overseas.

No wonder Labour lost the by-election, with its massive majority disintegrating. Not that Labour has learnt anything. It still lauds the lowering of wages, whether in Britain or overseas. It still ignores the industrial base of this country. And the Labour seat next door is held by Gordon Brown...