SNP oust Labour man
be reasonably expected, but it’s pretty clear people in this election, across Rutherglen and Hamilton West, across South Lanarkshire and across the whole of Scotland, have decided they would like to put their trust in the SNP.
“The biggest irony is it looks like this has contributed to us having a Conservative Government, which is a bad thing for Scotland and the rest of the UK.”
While all eyes were on the SNP’s stunning victory, the Lib-Dems saw their vote collapse as they fell into fifth place behind UKIP, whose candidate, Janice Mackay did not turn up at the count.
Tony Hughes managed just 1045 votes, a drop of over 10 per cent from 2010.
Ten years ago, the Lib Dems had finished second in the constituency with over 18 per cent of the vote.
The Conservative Party’s Taylor Muir saw his vote stand up, even if the higher turnout affected the percentage.
He said: “I would like to congratulate Margaret Ferrier for her election. I’m sure she will do her very best and work hard to represent the people.
“Amidst a plummeting Labour and Lib-Dem vote, our vote seems to have held up and I hope to use that as a base to rebuild the party in Rutherglen and Hamilton West.
“There is now just one unionist party in Scotland, and that’s the Conservatives.”
Yvonne Maclean, of the Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol Party, polled just 336 votes, but said she would stand again in the Scottish elections. She said: “It’s been a fabulous experience.”
it would be quite close
In touch Margaret Ferrier and her team, including daughter Caitlin Speech Margaret Ferrier MP makes her victory speech from the podium Waiting The candidates wait for the declaration