Elec­tric at­mo­sphere at count­ing cen­tre

Rutherglen Reformer - - General Election Special -

As soon as the news of the exit poll re­sult ar­rived at East Kil­bride, the at­mo­sphere be­came tense.

The re­al­i­sa­tion there could be a chance of a hung par­lia­ment quickly hit home.

What was sup­posed to be a fore­gone con­clu­sion, a com­fort­able SNP vic­tory in Scot­land and the Tories win­ning enough seats to be the largest party na­tion­wide, was now in doubt. Nerves were jan­gling in the John Wright Sports Cen­tre and in­de­pen­dent can­di­date Andy Dixon put it best when asked to de­scribe the mood:“Elec­tric,” he said.

The clock had barely struck 11pm on Thurs­day when a se­nior Labour source told the Re­former that Mar­garet Fer­rier and her team were wor­ried about los­ing their seat.

SNP ac­tivists looked edgy as they peered over the count­ing ta­bles while Ger­ard Killen and his team were full of op­ti­mism.

The re­sult was read out shortly af­ter 1am to a deaf­en­ing cheer from Mr Killen’s team as Ms Fer­rier was caught look­ing dis­ap­pointed on stage.

Mr Killen said:“We were get­ting a re­ally good re­sponse early doors at the polling sta­tions so we knew it was go­ing to be close but we were not tak­ing any­thing for granted.

“It means we are go­ing to have an MP who will put the area first, one which will not be cam­paign­ing for in­de­pen­dence, who is against aus­ter­ity and will put the com­mu­ni­ties of this con­stituency first.”

Scot­tish Labour had thrown a lot of weight be­hind their cam­paign in Ruther­glen, with the party’s man­i­festo launched in the town weeks ear­lier.

Count Ac­tivists try to gauge the level of sup­port

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