Scottish Daily Mail

Carlaw delivers one of Scots Tories’ best results

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THE former leader of the Scottish Conservati­ves secured one of his party’s top results of the day after holding off the challenge of the SNP.

Jackson Carlaw won 42 per cent of the vote in Eastwood amid signs that other pro-Union supporters backed him to help stop Nationalis­t candidate Colm Merrick.

The SNP’s vote share increased by 5.6 percentage points on 2016, but Mr Carlaw’s share increased by 6.2 points to hold the seat with a 2,216 majority.

Labour, which has previously performed strongly in the West of Scotland seat, saw its share of the vote plunge to just 15 per cent, with the Liberal Democrats on 2.1 per cent.

Mr Carlaw, pictured, who quit as Scottish Tory leader last year, said: ‘I actually had a feeling at points that we might end up with a new parliament which doesn’t look that wholly different to the one that was there before, so I would expect the Conservati­ve Party still to be the largest party in opposition.’

Mr Carlaw added: ‘I hope and believe we can still deny the SNP that majority that would allow them to railroad legislatio­n through what was a parliament that was always designed not to be a parliament with a government with a majority.’

He said the Tories will ‘rigorously oppose’ another referendum, and the SNP had struggled in polls prior to the pandemic.

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