The Glasgow Central by-election
, in the Glasgow Central constituency
, was held on 15 June 1989. It was caused by the death of the sitting Member of Parliament
for the constituency, Robert McTaggart
The Scottish National Party
(SNP) had high hopes of repeating their victory from the previous year at the by-election
for the Glasgow Govan
seat, and they chose as their candidate a close associate of their Govan victor, Jim Sillars
in Alex Neil
. However, the hoped for victory did not transpire for the SNP, as Mike Watson
retained the seat for the Labour Party
with a 6,462 majority, despite a 20.3% rise in the SNP share of the votes cast.
The Liberal Democrats fell to fifth place, the worst position achieved by a major party in any British by-election since the Walsall North by-election, 1976
. This was surpassed in the Glasgow North East by-election of 2009, when the Liberal Democrats came in Sixth Place.
This was also the only parliamentary contest engaged in by the Scottish Socialist Party
that existed at the time (which should not be confused with the present day Scottish Socialist Party
). Their candidate was Bill Kidd.