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Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Reaction -

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

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