Paisley Daily Express
George Adam and Natalie Don paint the town yellow
Party storms the polls
The SNP sealed a double win last night as George Adam and Natalie Don won their seats at the Scottish election.
Mr Adam has secured his place as Paisley’s MSP for a third term, while Miss Don claimed the Renfrewshire North and West seat vacated by shamed former finance secretary Derek Mackay.
After collecting almost 18,000 votes, a delighted Mr Adam told the Paisley Daily Express: “I feel fantastic.
“I always said we’d leave it to the people of Paisley to make the decision and I know Labour
threw everything but the kitchen sink at us in the campaign, but, at the end of the day, I was confident we had a track record in Paisley that would see us through.”
Miss Don’s first five years in Holyrood were secured with just over 17,700 votes at the ballot box.
The Bishopton, Bridge of Weir and Langbank councillor vowed to be an accessible representative for the area.
She said:“I’ve always said that, throughout my whole campaign, I want to be an approachable and accessible MSP and one who’s focused on the issues that matter to people in Renfrewshire North and West.
“That’s what I’ve tried to do as a councillor and I think I’ve delivered on that.
“I am absolutely committed to the people of Renfrewshire North and West.”
The SNP is on the verge of a clean sweep in Renfrewshire once again as the party secured two of the area’s seats last night.
After a lengthy count at Braehead Arena, Natalie Don was confirmed as the new MSP for Renfrewshire North and West, in place of Derek Mackay who held the seat for a decade.
The Bishopton, Bridge of Weir and Langbank councillor collected a total of 17,704 votes.
George Adam celebrated winning his third term as Paisley’s MSP as he garnered almost 17,495 votes.
Mr Adam said Labour had offered up some stiff competition, but he was always confident people would trust him to deliver again.
He said: “I feel fantastic. “I always said we’d leave it to the people of Paisley to make the decision.
“Labour threw everything but the kitchen sink at us in the campaign, but, at the end of the day, I was confident we had a track record in Paisley that would see us through and people would see that.
“There’s been some interesting trends in that a lot of the Conservative voters voted tactically for the Labour candidate and that shows you where the battle lines are going to be over the next few years.”
Both constituencies drew higher turnouts than in the last election in 2016, with 62.6 per cent of voters turning up to the ballot box in Paisley - an increase of more than five per cent - and 67.9 per cent of the electorate casting their vote in Renfrewshire North and West.
Miss Don said she was hugely proud to have become an MSP for the area she was born and bred in.
She Don said: “I am over the moon.
“I’ve said throughout this campaign that I love this area. It’s the place I grew up and went to school, it’s where I live and I cannot believe I am now able to represent it at the Scottish Parliament.
“This is not something I set out to do when I was younger.
“I never imagined I was going to be a politician and certainly not a member of the Scottish Parliament.
“It is a huge honour. “When I became a councillor for Bishopton, Bridge of Weir and Langbank, which I have loved doing, I didn’t envisage myself doing this in four years time but obviously that’s how things have played out and I couldn’t be happier.”
The results of the Renfrewshire South and the West of Scotland regional list votes will be confirmed tomorrow at Braehead Arena.