Linlithgow MSP Fiona Hyslop's delight at votes increase
Linlithgow MSP Fiona Hyslop was delighted to hold onto her seat at last week’s Scottish Parliament elections, taking her majority to 10,105, polling 22,693 votes.
Labour’s West Lothian Council depute leader Kirsteen Sullivan took second place on 12,588, with Bathgate’s Conservative councillor Charles Kennedy adding almost 2,000 votes to his 2016 showing in the constituency, polling 9,472 votes.
The turnout was 62.2 per cent of the electorate, up almost 10 per cent on 2016. The SNP’s majority was down in terms of percentage, but up in terms of votes to 10,105 – an extra 4,219 on the 2016 figure.
Fiona Hyslop said: “I want to thank all the 22,693 voters across the towns and villages of West Lothian in the Linlithgow Constituency for voting for me and I pledge to serve all my constituents, whether or not they voted for me, to the best of my ability and make sure their issues and concerns are heard at the heart of Government.
"I want to express here my gratitude to all the count workers, the presiding officer and his team and the police for the efficient and safe running of the count in such exceptional circumstances.
"My remarkable campaign team had to mobilise from lockdown and from a standing start we had a great campaign hand-delivering thousands of leaflets and letters to all parts of the constituency and I would like to thank them.
"It has been an enormous privilege to serve the people of the Linlithgow Constituency in the Scottish Parliament and as we face into a period of recovery from Covid I will work with local communities to ensure jobs, the economy and the return of full health services and social renewal are my main focus going forward.”
Labour candidate Councillor Sullivan, who represents the Whitburn and Blackburn and put an extra 2,561 votes on the Labour ticket from 2016 said: “With an ever-changing set of restrictions we still managed to increase our share of the vote and come a strong second.
"Our positive campaigning message has been well received and it’s clear that attitudes are shifting, people are receptive to the Scottish Labour message of unity and recovery. We have a strong basis on which to build going forward into next year’s council elections.”
The SNP topped the regional list vote in Linlithgow with 18,735 votes. It was followed by Scottish Conservatives on 10,556 and Labour on 10,135. The Lib Dems polled 1,551. The Scottish Greens polled 3,566 while Alex Salmond’s Alba Party polled just 724 votes.