Published: 09/06/2017 02:32 - Updated: 09/06/2017 03:25

Ross ousts Robertson in Moray election win

 

Moray's new MP Douglas Ross celebrates with supporters
Moray's new MP Douglas Ross celebrates with supporters

THE Conservative Party's Douglas Ross  has recorded a huge upset in Moray, ousting the SNP’s Angus Robertson after his 16 years as the area’s MP.

In a night of high drama, Mr Ross recorded a stunning victory, overturning Mr Robertson’s 9,000-plus majority which he received  in the 2015 general election.

Mr Robertson, who was the SNP’s deputy leader and leader in the House of Commons, received 18,478 votes compared to Mr Ross’ 22,637.

On an evening in which both the Conservative and Labour parties have been making gains against the SNP across Scotland, the Moray result promised to be one of the most significant in the country.

In his acceptance speech, Mr Ross said: “I want to give my heartfelt thanks to the people of this constituency who have put their trust in me to be their member of parliament.

“My first and only priority will be serve all of the people of this constituency to the best of my ability.”

Many of the nation’s media descended on Elgin Town Hall for the count, which has for a number of years been considered a safe seat for the SNP.

The turnout in Moray was 67.5 per cent, down slightly from the 68.8 per cent of 2015. A total of 47,666 votes were cast.


Results

Douglas Ross (Scottish Conservative Party) 22,637

Angus Robertson (SNP) 18,478

Jo Kirby (Scottish Labour) 5,208

Alex Linklater (Scottish Liberal Democrats) 1,078

Anne Glen (Independent) 204

Majority - 4,159


  
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