New MP McDon­ald ad­mits win was a dream come true

Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Reaction -

New Glas­gow South MP Ste­wart McDon­ald ad­mit­ted that when he started out on the elec­tion trail, he re­ally didn’t ex­pect to win.

Talk­ing to the Re­former yes­ter­day, the 28-year-old from Castlemilk re­vealed he was de­lighted to be rep­re­sent­ing the area where he grew up

As one of an un­prece­dented 56 SNP MPs from 59 Scot­tish seats, he ad­mits that when he first started cam­paign­ing, he could never have imag­ined just how the re­sult would go.

Ste­wart said:“When I started, I thought I might take a few thou­sand votes out of Tom’s ma­jor­ity, but to have over­turned it is quite amaz­ing.

“It’s an in­cred­i­ble feel­ing, to have the largest ma­jor­ity in the city, and the most amount of SNP votes as well. I didn’t ex­pect it, to be hon­est.

“We knew from our can­vass­ing we were in with a shout a cou­ple of months in ad­vance, and then when the Ashcroft poll came out, that re­ally changed things, and it was con­firmed by our own can­vass­ing re­turns.

“Within 10 min­utes of the bal­lot boxes be­ing opened on the night, though, we knew what the re­sult was go­ing to be, and we were go­ing to win it quite com­fort­ably.

“In terms of the ac­tual re­sult, though, I never imag­ined it would be so big.

“I never wanted to con­test any other seat - this was the only seat I was in­ter­ested in.”

Hav­ing thanked his lo­cal sup­port­ers and ac­tivists, Ste­wart ar­rived at West­min­ster on Mon­day, as part of the SNP group which is the third-big­gest party in Par­lia­ment.

He tweeted:“Door­keeper tells me I was the first new MP to en­ter the Cham­ber. Not al­lowed to sit be­fore sworn in as would trig­ger a by-elec­tion.”

He laughed:“I think they might have been jok­ing with me, but it’s a good story, nonethe­less!

“It’s been good so far - Mon­day was prob­a­bly the most ex­cit­ing day of my life.

“It’s strange and bizarre to think that, all of a sud­den, you’re an MP. I’ll get used to it, I’m sure, and I’m al­ready get­ting on with case­work, which is im­por­tant to me. Right now, my num­ber one pri­or­ity is get­ting the of­fice up and func­tion­ing in Glas­gow South.”

The suc­cess of the SNP across Scot­land was some­thing that Ste­wart ad­mits has taken him by pleas­ant sur­prise.

He ad­mit­ted:“No one ex­pected there to be so many of us, but we’ve been made in­cred­i­bly wel­come by the House of Com­mons staff.

“I was wor­ried it would be a bit like be­ing one of those peo­ple who starts go­ing to the gym in Jan­uary, and the peo­ple who’ve used it be­fore­hand give you a look, think­ing,‘Here we go,’but it’s been noth­ing like that!

“Our num­ber one aim as a po­lit­i­cal party is to ar­gue against aus­ter­ity - peo­ple in Scot­land voted for an anti-aus­ter­ity com­mit­ment.

“It’s about giv­ing the peo­ple what I promised and to give them ef­fec­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tion, not just in the House of Com­mons, but be­ing avail­able lo­cally as well.”

Ste­wart also praised his Labour pre­de­ces­sor in the seat Tom Har­ris for his work over the past 14 years.

He said:“Tom, to his credit, was very gra­cious. I’ve known him for a few years now, and we’ve al­ways got on well, but the area where we’ve dis­agreed is pol­i­tics.

“He gave 14 years ser­vice to the con­stituency, which is very com­mend­able.”

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