SNP holds Ross, Skye and Lochaber

The Oban Times - - News -

SNP MP Ian Black­ford has held on to his Ross, Skye and Lochaber seat.

Mr Black­ford se­cured a ma­jor­ity of 5,919, win­ning 15,480 votes in last Thurs­day’s gen­eral elec­tion. But the Skye-based MP was down 40 per cent on the 2015 re­sult.

His clos­est ri­val, Con­ser­va­tive Robert MacKen­zie, polled 9,561 votes. The party saw sup­port surge 18 per cent in the con­stituency com­pared to 2015.

In what used to be a Lib­eral Demo­crat strong­hold, with the late Charles Kennedy hold­ing the seat for more than three decades, the Lib Dem candidate Jean Davis came third with 8,042 votes.

Labour candidate Peter Ó Don­ng­haile se­cured 4,695 votes, while Ron­nie the Crofter Camp­bell got 499. Some­thing New candidate Stick Stur­rock had 177 votes.

The to­tal num­ber of votes cast across Ross, Skye and Lochaber con­stituency was 38,503. A to­tal of 49 bal­lot pa­pers were re­jected.

The count was held at the High­land Foot­ball Academy, Vic­to­ria Park, Ding­wall.

Fol­low­ing the elec­tion, Mr Black­ford told the Lochaber

Times: ‘I am de­lighted to have been re­turned as MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber and thank ev­ery­one who trusted me with their vote. Dur­ing the cam­paign, I and my teams of vol­un­teers knocked on doors and held meet­ings across the con­stituency to hear what is­sues were ac­tu­ally of con­cern to lo­cal peo­ple.

‘It is an honour and priv­i­lege to once again rep­re­sent this con­stituency and, as in the pre­vi­ous par­lia­ment, I will be a strong and per­sis­tent voice in West­min­ster for ev­ery­one in Ross, Skye and Lochaber.’

In­de­pen­dent leader of the High­land Coun­cil Mar­garet David­son said: ‘I am look­ing for­ward to work­ing with our newly- elected MPs to make sure the High­lands has a stronger voice in West­min­ster. With two MPs hav­ing served as High­land coun­cil­lors, we have MPs acutely aware of the chal­lenges fac­ing the High­land Coun­cil. We need to work to­gether to get a bet­ter deal for High­land res­i­dents. It re­mains un­clear who will form the next UK gov­ern­ment, but we need to be ready to knock on min­is­ters’ doors to raise High­land is­sues.’

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