Edinburgh South West: SNP’s Joanna Cherry takes ex-Darling seat

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ALISTAIR Darling’s former seat fell to the SNP by a majority of over 8000.

New MP Joanna Cherry promised to fight for an end to austerity and a halt to the renewal of Trident.

Joanna Cherry.  Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Joanna Cherry. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

She said: “I came into politics because I wanted to make a difference. My values are on the progressive left.

“The people of Scotland have spoken very loudly tonight. It’s time for their voice to be held at Westminster,

“This is the most incredibly proud moment of my life. I’m so privileged to have been entrusted by the people of Edinburgh South West to be part of that voice and I thank them from the bottom of my heart.”

Labour’s Ricky Henderson, who took over as candidate after Mr Darling, said: “We fought a really good campaign and hot good positive feedback. Clearly the SNP has a message and a momentum which is appealing to people. I congratulate Joanna Cherry and wish her well in the future.”