‘Scot­land has spo­ken’

THE scale of the SNP vic­to­ries across Glas­gow sur­prised their own party and Labour. Many in both par­ties said they did not ex­pect such an em­phatic re­sult. When the first SNP can­di­dates and activists turned up at the count­ing venue at the SEC they did not think they would be cel­e­brat­ing such a con­vinc­ing win in the city a few hours later.

Seats in Glas­gow North East, Glas­gow South West and Glas­gow North West were ex­pected to be closer con­tests.

How­ever, as the votes stacked up and agents were record­ing their own sam­ples of the bal­lots be­ing counted, the smiles were only on the faces of those wear­ing yel­low SNP rosettes.

In North East, the two main can­di­dates Paul Sweeney and Anne McLaugh­lin were the last to turn up at the count for their par­ties.

There were tears as can­di­dates and Labour politi­cians hugged col­leagues in con­so­la­tion.

Mean­while in con­trast as Re­turn­ing Of­fi­cer An­nemarie O’Don­nell read out the re­sults there were loud cheers from the SNP con­tin­gent in the hall.

In Glas­gow South, Ste­wart McDon­ald took the largest ma­jor­ity with 22,829 votes, 9005 ahead of Labour’s Jo­hann La­mont.

There were, how­ever, no cel­e­bra­tions from ei­ther Labour or the SNP as the scale of Boris John­son’s vic­tory across the UK be­came clear.

In North West, Carol Mon­aghan re­tained her seat with a ma­jor­ity of 8359 over Pa­tri­cia Fer­gu­son.

Ms Mon­aghan said: “We’ve seen two very dif­fer­ent re­sults north and south of the border. Scot­land, an out­ward look­ing pro­gres­sive na­tion.

“A na­tion that wel­comes those that come to make their home here, whether to work or as peo­ple flee­ing war and con­flict in their own coun­tries.

“This is a na­tion that looks for­ward to tak­ing its place among the in­de­pen­dent na­tions in Europe.

“We can no longer be shack­led to

the dis­as­ter that is Brexit Bri­tain, Scot­land has spo­ken. We must have the right to choose our own fu­ture.”

Pam Dun­can-Glancy, Labour can­di­date in Glas­gow North, said: “I want to show other disabled women they should never be writ­ten off. But I’m ter­ri­fied that the peo­ple who want to write us off have won an election.”

Pauline McNeill, Labour MSP for Glas­gow, said: “I’m gut­ted for the coun­try. This doesn’t pro­vide any an­swers.

Whilst there are win­ners and losers it doesn’t take the coun­try for­ward.”

Anne McLaugh­lin, Labour MP for Glas­gow North East, said: “When I saw the exit poll tonight I was ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated be­cause the first thing on my mind was we are be­ing forced to live un­der a Tory Bri­tain, a Tory Bri­tain that we did not vote for in Scot­land.

“I’m dev­as­tated for the rest of the UK and I’m de­lighted that the SNP has done so well.”

Clock­wise from main im­age: the SNP’s new MPs cel­e­brate; Paul Sweeney was de­feated; Labour faces are glum and it’s all smiles for coun­cil boss Su­san Aitken

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