Scottish Daily Mail

Jackie Baillie holds on to Dumbarton for Labour

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SCOTTISH Labour’s deputy leader has held on to Scotland’s most marginal seat, denting Nicola Sturgeon’s bid for a Holyrood majority.

Jackie Baillie’s Dumbarton constituen­cy was a key target for the SNP, with veteran candidate Toni Giugliano attempting to oust her. But Miss Baillie managed to hold off the Nationalis­t threat and even increased her majority despite fears of a tight race.

It appeared to be a gain from tactical voting, as Tory support plunged by 6.2 per cent in the seat, while Labour’s increased by 6.2 per cent.

One of the latest declaratio­ns to be made in Scotland last night, Dumbarton’s final result did not come until after 8.30pm, as sources claimed a recount was on the way.

But Miss Baillie won 17,825 votes to Mr Giugliano’s 16,342, increasing her majority from 109 to 1,483. Speaking after her win, Miss Baillie thanked the people of Dumbarton

for re-electing her for a sixth time, the returning MSP having held her seat since 1999.

She said: ‘We had great conversati­ons on the doors with people. The Scottish Labour party in this constituen­cy was listening carefully.

‘I’m feeling tremendous, this is the sixth time I have contested the constituen­cy and local people have put their trust in me again and I can’t begin to tell you how wonderful that feels.’

Asked why she think people had backed her in the election, Miss Baillie said: ‘I think they genuinely wanted to see a recovery prioritise­d.’

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