Election 2019

Scotland election results 2019: SNP takes seats in Aberdeen and Gordon

SNP MPs for Aberdeen South and North, Kirsty Blackman and Stephen Flynn.
Image caption Stephen Flynn (centre) - who is due to become a father - celebrated with fellow MP Kirsty Blackman, pictured on his right

The SNP has taken two seats from the Conservatives in north east Scotland.

Stephen Flynn won Aberdeen South, beating Douglas Lumsden who was trying to retain the seat after Ross Thomson stood down.

And Richard Thomson was elected in Gordon, at the expense of Colin Clark.

The SNP's Kirsty Blackman held Aberdeen North, while Conservatives Douglas Ross, Andrew Bowie, and David Duguid retained Moray, Aberdeenshire West and Kincardine, and Banff and Buchan.

Lib Dem Alistair Carmichael held Orkney and Shetland, the final seat to declare in Scotland at about 06:00.

Mr Flynn revealed he is due to become a father at the weekend, so had not known which would come first - the election result or his first child.

Scotland

After 59 of 59 seats

  • Scottish National Party
    48 seats
    , +13 seats compared to 2017
  • Conservative
    6 seats
    , -7 seats compared to 2017
  • Liberal Democrat
    4 seats
    , +0 seats compared to 2017
  • Labour
    1 seats
    , -6 seats compared to 2017

He said: "My wife is due to give birth in two days time, so it's a really exciting time for us both, and hopefully everything goes well.

"It's been a nerve-wracking few weeks."

Of the result, the new SNP Aberdeen South MP said: "I am overwhelmed to have the level of support that we have obtained this evening, it's utterly fantastic."

Scotland vote share

After 59 of 59 seats

Party % share
Scottish National Party 45.0%
Conservative 25.1%
Labour 18.6%
Liberal Democrat 9.5%
Green 1.0%
The Brexit Party 0.5%

Scotland vote share change since 2017

After 59 of 59 seats

  • Scottish National Party +8.1 Gained
  • Liberal Democrat +2.8 Gained
  • Green +0.8 Gained
  • The Brexit Party +0.5 Gained
  • Conservative -3.5 Lost
  • Labour -8.5 Lost

Conservative MP Ross Thomson had announced last month he was standing down in Aberdeen South, following accusations of sexually assaulting a Labour MP in a Commons bar.

Mr Thomson - who denies any wrongdoing - said he had made the "hardest decision" of his life not to contest the seat at the general election.

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In Gordon, new MP Richard Thomson said of his win over the Conservatives: "It's still sinking in - we knew it was a close result.

"This has been an election which has been held in some quite extraordinary times."

SNP Westminster deputy leader Kirsty Blackman said of her Aberdeen North win with an increased majority: "It feels to me like people are voting for the SNP because they are supporting the right of Scotland to choose our own future."

Mr Bowie saw his majority slashed, and admitted the Conservatives had not had a good night in Scotland.

He said of his Aberdeenshire West and Kincardine win: "We expected a very tight race. We are very very happy with the result."

But he added: "It's very sad to see so many really good colleagues lose their seats tonight."

'One of proudest moments'

Moray MP Mr Ross said: "At the start of this election I was given no chance of retaining this seat, and at 10 o'clock tonight when the exit poll was announced it had only gone up to a 1% chance.

"I realise this election has been difficult for the Scottish Conservatives but I have to say it's one of the proudest moments of my life."

Mr Duguid said of his win: "I just want to thank everyone once more and I'm really looking forward to getting back to work, getting back to the job of serving all the people in Banff and Buchan."

Lib Dem Mr Carmichael said he was delighted by his Orkney and Shetland win but "gutted" that party leader Jo Swinson had lost her seat in Dunbartonshire East.

The Conservatives and Prime Minister Boris Johnson won an overall majority across the UK.

With all of the Scottish results in, the SNP won 48 of the country's 59 seats - 12 more than the 35 it won in 2017.

The SNP secured 45% of the votes - 8.1% more than in the last general election in 2017. The Conservatives won six seats, the Liberal Democrats four and Labour one.