Last night was an incredibly exciting night, with encouraging results coming in from across Scotland. I spent a long night at the BBC studios in Glasgow, and this morning I am elated yet exhausted!
Congratulations must go to the brilliant new MPs Scottish Labour is sending to the House of Commons.
Hugh Gaffney – Coatbridge, Chryston & Bellshill
Ged Killen – Rutherglen and Hamilton East
Lesley Laird – Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath
Ian Murray – Edinburgh South
Danielle Rowley – Midlothian
Martin Whitfield – East Lothian
Paul Sweeney – Glasgow North East
All our candidates and volunteers poured their hearts into this surprise campaign, and it is wonderful to see this dedicated 7 elected – all new faces, and the return of the fantastic Ian Murray.
As MSP for South Scotland, the success in East Lothian and Midlothian, part of which falls into South Scotland, is inspiring for the future.
Kezia Dugdale, Scottish Labour leader, said, “They’re going to be champions for their local communities, they’re going to be opposed to a second independence referendum, and they’re also going to be for Jeremy Corbyn’s anti-austerity platform and for raising investment in our public services. I’m hugely encouraged by results across the country tonight.”
This result shows that a united Labour Party under Jeremy and Kezia can progress politics in Scotland and the U.K. Let’s see how long a Tory /DUP deal holds together.
Anti-austerity and anti-independence were the two big stories in Scotland. We are at the heart of both these and are ready to go forward robustly – for all those who believe in working for the many not the few.
Thanks to all those who put their confidence in Labour at the ballot box.