The Scotsman today is warning party activists across Scotland to carbo-load, take plenty of fluids and pace themselves as it seems that senior Labour officials are tired of being beaten in a sprint are taken on a longer distance for the Glenrothes by election.
As has been mentioned in various Scottish blogs in recent weeks it appears that two dates are being looked at for polling in the election caused by the death of John MacDougall, 30 October or 6 November. Labour are also set to name their candidate next Monday with Kirkcaldly High School Headteacher Lindsay Roy allegedly leading the pack, sick notes may yet be handed in to the Glenrothes party.
Mr Brown was up on Fife yesterday but was dealing with constituency business in Cowdenbeath and Kirkcaldy. While one Labour aide has been quoted in the Herald as saying "We have to look at this seat as hostile territory."