SNP gain Midlothian, West Lothian and East Lothian seats

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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.

Ballot boxes arrive to be counted.

Ballot boxes arrive to be counted.

“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.

Owen Thomson.

Owen Thomson.

“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.