Live As it happened: Cowdenbeath by-election

Key points

  • Labour has held the Scottish Parliament seat of Cowdenbeath following a by-election in the Fife constituency
  • The winning candidate, Alex Rowley was elected with a majority of 5,488
  • The by-election was held following the death of sitting MSP Helen Eadie

Live text

Reporting:

  • Andrew Black 
  • Doug Kennedy 
  • Jamie Ross 
Update page

BREAKING Breaking News

Labour holds the Scottish Parliament seat of Cowdenbeath.

STANDARD 01:24

Well that's it for our coverage of the Cowdenbeath by-election. You can keep up to date with the aftermath by following our main story. Sleep tight!

STANDARD 01:22

Brian Taylor says Alex Rowley will be a "big player" in the Holyrood Labour group.

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Cara Hilton MSP

tweets: Outstanding result for @scottishlabour in #Cowdenbeath,11% swing SNP to Labour! Congratulations to our newest MSP @AlexRowleyCllr #labourwin

STANDARD 01:21

Tory MSP Liz Smith says the result is "encouraging" for her party, but Liam McArthur, of the Lib Dems, looks glum.

STANDARD 01:20

The SNP's Angela Constance says her party has done well in a seat like Cowdenbeath. Labour's Anas Sarwar says his party's re-building trust with voters.

STANDARD

Alex Rowley

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Joe Docherty

tweets: Motion drafted, result in, UKIP lost deposit - bed time! #newsnicht #scotnight #cowdenbeath

STANDARD

Politics Prof John Curtice says one of the big stories from tonight is that the Lib Dems have had another awful result.

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Pete Wishart MP

tweets: Well done Alex Rowley. But this isn't the Gettysburg address. It isn't even the Dalgety Bay address.

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Mary May Holland

tweets: Over the moon about the result in #cowdenbeath So proud to have been a part of such a positive campaign with @ScotsLabStudent