SNP hold both Midlothian seats in Scottish Parliament elections 2021
Midlothian has voted to keep its two SNP MSPs in Holyrood, with increased majorities for both Colin Beattie and Christine Grahame.
Christine Grahame has been elected as the MSP for the Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale Constituency, a seat she has held since 2011, having previously been a list MSP since the parliament’s inception in 1999.
She said: “I am delighted to be returned for the third time to represent Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale constituency with an increased majority.
“I undertake over this session of Parliament to represent all constituents whether they voted for me or not, as I have done since entering Parliament. It is a privilege to serve and one I never take for granted.”
Full result: Christine Grahame, Scottish National Party (SNP) – 19,807; Shona Haslam (Con) – 12,981; Katherine Sangster (Lab) – 5,410; AC May (Lib Dems) – 2,615; Dominic Ashmole (Green) – 2,154; Michael James Banks, Vanguard Party - 67.
Colin Beattie has been elected to serve in the Scottish Parliament as the member for the Midlothian North and Musselburgh Constituency.
He said: “I am delighted to have received once again the trust of the residents of Midlothian North & Musselburgh who have now elected me as their MSP for the third time with a greatly increased majority.
"I thank them most sincerely for this privilege and I will work hard to ensure that I justify their trust.
“The combined impact of Covid 19 and Brexit are going to be tough to handle.
"We will all be affected by these twin disasters - but I am confident that together we can face them and win through to a brighter future.
"We must create a fairer and greener economy and deliver training and jobs that will provide the means for a better quality of life.
"I will do all in my power to develop and protect these opportunities across the constituency.
“Together we can achieve so much. I am keen to get started in my third term in office and to deliver on my promises.
"There is much to be done."
Full result: Colin Beattie (SNP) 21,165; Stephen Curran (Lab) 13,259; Charles Christopher Dundas (Lib Dems) 1,630; Iain Whyte (Con) 6,529.
Stevie Curran, Scottish Labour constituency candidate for Midlothian North and Musselburgh said: “Thank you to the 13,259 people who put their trust in me and Scottish Labour on Thursday 6th May. While I am disappointed by the result, I am proud of our positive campaign and the effort by our team.
"We campaigned tirelessly under difficult circumstances to win this election. I would like to thank the residents of Midlothian North and Musselburgh for the respectful way they engaged with us whilst on the campaign trail.
"I’ve received lots of kind messages both from people who supported me and from people who supported other parties. It would have been such a privilege to represent our citizens at Holyrood.
“We did add more than 3,300 votes to those won in 2016. We also increased our percentage share of the vote by more than three times as much as the SNP, both of which are positive.
“Congratulations to Colin Beattie. I will work positively to ensure he delivers on his commitments to our communities.
"None of those commitments are more urgent than the ongoing problems at Riverside Medical Practice, and I urge him to quickly find a solution for their 20,000 patients.
“For me, my work as a Midlothian Councillor will continue. My constituents and our communities will always come first. Thank you and stay safe.”
Meanwhile, Greens in Lothian have hailed a record campaign in Lothian with returning MSP Alison Johnstone joined by party co-leader Lorna Slater, both elected as regional MSPs.
Lothian elected Britain's first Green Parliamentarian Robin Harper in the first Scottish Parliament election in 1999 and has had a Green MSP ever since, with Alison taking over in 2011. The 50,000 regional votes cast for the Greens is by far the highest-ever and the 12.7 per cent vote share surpasses the 12 per cent secured in 2003 to make it the biggest Green vote ever in Scotland.
Green List MSP Alison Johnstone said: "This has been an election like no other, not just for the pandemic context but also the bewildering array of messages about tactical voting bombarding voters. Amidst all that I am delighted that the positive, optimistic Green campaign has reached many more people than ever before and I look forward to getting down to work next week. There is no time to waste."
New Green MSP, engineer Lorna Slater added: "I am thrilled to have been elected here in Lothian and can't thank enough everyone who supported the Greens in record numbers.
"We have so much to get on with - on housing reform, on creating Green jobs, protecting our natural environment, dealing with the climate emergency and so much more. So I can't wait to get working with Alison and all my other new Green MSP colleagues."