Scotland

Scottish election: Ex-Scots Labour ministers lose seats

Four former Labour ministers have lost their seats to the SNP in the election.

Former health minister Andy Kerr lost East Kilbride to Linda Fabiani.

Tom McCabe, a former finance minister, lost Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse to Christina McKelvie, who got 48% of the vote compared to Labour's 41.5%.

And Frank McAveety, who was Tourism, Culture and Sport Minister, lost Glasgow Shettleston to John Mason. Former Transport Minister Sarah Boyack lost to the SNP's Marco Biagi.

All four had represented their constituencies since 1999.

Mr McCabe said he was shocked by the result.

He lost with 9,989 votes to Ms McKelvie, who secured 12,202 votes amid an 18% surge in support for her party.

The change represents a notional swing of 11% from Labour to the SNP.

He said: "We'll learn our lesson and we will do our best to come back."

After the East Kilbride result, Linda Fabiani said: "I want to thank the people of East Kilbride that have shown today that they believe in the record and vision of the SNP.

"It is that vision that keeps us all working so hard. I feel very, very privileged."

Mr Kerr thanked the Labour team, adding: "Can I also thank the people of East Kilbride for 12 years of their support.

"I worked hard for them, on their behalf, and I represented their views in the Scottish Parliament. I wish Linda Fabiani every success in her job."

The result was decided with a 51% turnout in a constituency of 58,251 voters.

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