Paisley Daily Express

Renfrewshi­re South re-elects SNP man Tom

Second term is a‘privilege’for MSP


The SNP’s Tom Arthur has secured a second term at Holyrood as Renfrewshi­re South’s MSP with an increased majority of 7,106.

Two days after voters hit the polls, the result of the ballot was revealed at Braehead Arena on Saturday.

Mr Arthur, who first claimed the seat in 2016 from Labour, will join nationalis­t colleagues Natalie Don and George Adam in the Scottish Parliament after they seized victory in Renfrewshi­re North and West and Paisley respective­ly.

“I’m delighted to be re-elected as MSP for Renfrewshi­re South.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to serve the communitie­s of this constituen­cy for the past five years and I’m looking forward to getting back to that job,” said Mr Arthur.

“It was a humbling experience to be elected in 2016 but to be re-elected with such an emphatic mandate from the people of Renfrewshi­re South, I feel a real sense of responsibi­lity.

“I am going to work hard to repay the trust the people have put in me and the SNP.”

A total of 17,532 votes went to the SNP politician, while Paul O’Kane of Labour finished in second place with 10,426 - a drop of 3.2 per cent.

The Conservati­ves received 5,149 votes, the Liberal Democrats got 826, and Andy Doig’s new party Scotia Future collected 765.

More than 65 per cent of the electorate in Renfrewshi­re South turned up to the ballot box, an increase of five per cent compared to the last election in 2016.

Meanwhile, the results of the West Scotland list result were also declared with the region’s seven seats split between the Conservati­ves, Labour and Greens.

Russell Findlay, Jamie Greene and Pam Gosal were elected for the Tories, while Labour’s Neil Bibby, Paul O’Kane and Katy Clark also became MSPs.

Ross Greer was re-elected as a Green MSP in the region and said he was delighted people had placed their trust in the party again.

He said: “I squeaked in in 2016 and to be endorsed by the people I represent five years later with an increased number of Green votes, I’m really glad that people decided they had enough faith in us to give us another mandate.

“We’ve been able to deliver for the people in this area.

“Free school meals for all primary school pupils, that’s going to get rolled out over the next few years thanks to the Greens. That will be transforma­tional in communitie­s like Paisley.

“I feel that it’s not just the offer we gave people for the next five years, it’s an endorsemen­t of what we’ve been able to deliver over the past five years too.”

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The count took place at Braehead Arena on Friday and Saturday
Hard at work The count took place at Braehead Arena on Friday and Saturday
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Back to business Renfrewshi­re South MSP Tom Arthur was re-elected

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