Double joy as voters reject Labour’s man in south of county

.''SNP's Martyn Day and Hannah Bardell celebrate victory
.''SNP's Martyn Day and Hannah Bardell celebrate victory

At the same time as Martyn Day was helping to make history fellow Scottish Nationalist Hannah Bardell was on her way to beating Graeme Morrice.

Morrice, a former leader of West Lothian Council who had just completed his first five-year term as an MP was trounced by 2 votes to 1 as Bardell polled 32,736 votes to his 15,893 in the Livingston constituency which includes Winchhburgh.

A loud cheer erupted when Bardell, wearing a bright yellow jacket, walked in, accompanied by her mum, Lis, who was defeated by Graeme Morrice five years ago.

In third place was Christopher Donnelly (Cons) with 5929 votes, then Nathan Somerville (UKIP) with 1757 and finally Charles Dundas (Lib-Dem) on 1232. There were 84 rejected votes.

Hannah said: “I would like to thank the people of the constituency for placing their faith in me and the SNP.

‘‘It is the privilege of a lifetime to be elected in my home area which has offered me opportunities and support.

“If this election has been about anything it has been about people’s right to hope for the voice of Scotland and the demand for more progressive policies across the UK will be heard at Westminster.”