The Independent calls this East Glasgow by-election defeat "a devastating blow":
The defeat means Mr Brown faces the real threat of an attempt by senior Labour figures to force him out of office as alarm intensifies over the party's plight.The Guardian says Labour now faces either defeat or "obliteration" at the coming election, where Brown looks likely to lose his own seat:
Every part of Britain has turned against the party. The opinion polls have been showing it for months. Last night brought the proof.Brown should have strung Tony Blair up by the balls over Iraq, but of course he had blood all over his own hands as well. Now they can both face the dock together.
The British people seem to have a much firmer grasp on basic concepts of their democracy than either the US or Australian public.