THE SNP have gained seats in Midlothian, West Lothian and East Lothian as the party sweeps to victory across Scotland.
The first Lothian seats to declare followed a similar pattern to results across Scotland.
“It’s unbelievable. What a result,” Midlothian’s new SNP MP Owen Thompson said.
The SNP took the Midlothian seat with a majority of almost 9,800.
Mr Thompson overturned a 10,300 Labour majority to secure the seat with 24,453 votes. Labour’s Kenny Young achieved 14,594 votes.
Delivering his acceptance speech following the result that saw him become the newly-elected MP for Midlothian, Mr Thompson said: “Ten years ago in Midlothian there was not a single SNP directly elected representative. Nine-and-a-half years ago I was elected as the first councillor for the SNP in Midlothian for so many years, and tonight I have been elected as the first SNP MP for Midlothian, joining our two MSPs Colin Beattie and Christine Grahame, and an SNP administration at Midlothian Council.
“What a difference ten years can make. This result is clearly nothing short of historic. I will stand up for everyone, regardless of their political view.
“I will do my very best to make sure that the voice of Midlothian is heard loudly and clearly. I will do everything I possibly can to work across the political spectrum to undertake the role that I have been entrusted with.”
In East Lothian, George Kerevan polled 25,104, with Fiona O’Donnell of Labour on 18,301.