Crushing defeat for Linlithgow member

.''Michael Connarty come to terms with the loss of his seat in the Westminster Election
.''Michael Connarty come to terms with the loss of his seat in the Westminster Election

Long-serving Labour MP Michael Connarty said he would quit frontline politics following his massive defeat in Thursday’s General Election.

In a scenario replicated across the country, the SNP savaged Labour in Linlithgow and East Falkirk.

Connarty (67) saw his 12,000-plus majority from 2010 turn into a 12,934 majority for Linlithgow councillor Martyn Day.

However, he was critical of the Nationalist landslide.

He said: “I congratulate Martin on his win and for the way this election has been carried out.

“I think what’s happened is that people have been taken in by the big campaign, the cult of personality of Nicola Sturgeon and they’ve gone for it here as much as they’ve gone for it anywhere else.

“What happened is the bounce using Scottish nationalism to frighten the English into English nationalism so it’s a vote for a Tory government and the prospect of just watching these people we send down there for the SNP as a voice for Scotland will simply just be a rabble because they won’t have any effect.

“I don’t have any sense of personal loss because I don’t do it for personal reasons but I do think the people got conned. I respect the voters’ rights to do that but they will find the SNP won’t have power in a Tory government.”