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Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West’s new MP, Mar­garet Ferrier gets a victory hug from her daugh­ter, Caitlin, fol­low­ing her stunning elec­tion vic­to­pry over Labour’s Tom Greatrex.

Ms Ferrier wiped out a 21,002 ma­jor­ity to take the seat.

Mar­garet Ferrier of the SNP is Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West’s new MP af­ter she scored one of the big­gest shocks of the Gen­eral Elec­tion when she ousted Tom Greatrex and Labour from the seat.

On a stunning night for the SNP, Ms Ferrier scored over 52 per cent of the vote in the con­stituency on a turnout of nearly 70 per cent.

Labour’s Tom Greatrex saw his vote drop to 20,307, well be­hind Ms Ferrier’s 30,279.

Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West had been one of the few seats where Labour were still seen as favourites go­ing into Thurs­day’s vote.

But not even Tom Greatrex’s rep­u­ta­tion as a hands-on con­stituency MP could hold back the wave of SNP sup­port.

Some Labour mem­bers at the John Wright Sports Cen­tre in East Kil­bride looked close to tears as the re­sult be­came ap­par­ent.

In stark con­trast, those don­ning SNP rosettes could scarcely be­lieve the enor­mity of what they had achieved, even if Ms Ferrier, who was sup­ported by her daugh­ter Caitlin, kept her emo­tions to her­self un­til the re­sult was con­firmed.

In her ac­cep­tance speech, Ms Ferrier vowed to work for all vot­ers, re­gard­less of po­lit­i­cal al­le­giance and said: “It’s not just Scot­land call­ing out for change, but the whole of the UK.”

Af­ter­wards, she said she couldn’t quite be­lieve what she had achieved, adding: “It’s an in­cred­i­ble re­sult.

“I’m shocked at the ma­jor­ity. We al­ways thought it might be quite close, that was what the polls were pre­dict­ing.

“I would re­ally like to work for all the peo­ple in the con­stituency. Tonight’s vote proves they are look­ing for change.”

As well as be­ing Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang’s first SNP MP, and the first non-Labour MP since 1964, Ms Ferrier is also the first woman to rep­re­sent the towns at West­min­ster.

De­spite the de­feat, Mr Greatrex said: “I’d like to of­fer my con­grat­u­la­tions to Mar­garet Ferrier for her victory.

“I wish her all the best in rep­re­sent­ing the con­stituency that it’s been my plea­sure to rep­re­sent.

“I’m dis­ap­pointed to not be re­elected by the peo­ple of Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West. I hope I have done as good and pro­fes­sional job as could

I’m shocked at the ma­jor­ity. We thought

Girl power Mar­garet is flanked by Dr Lisa Cameron (left) and An­gela Craw­ley (right)

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