Shock as SNP oust Labour in Kirkintilloch and Bishopbriggs

David Whitton and Labour leader Iain Gray in Kirkintilloch  6.4.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
David Whitton and Labour leader Iain Gray in Kirkintilloch 6.4.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

THERE was drama this morning (Friday) as it was revealed that Labour’s David Whitton had been dumped as MSP for Strathkelvin and Bearsden.

SNP candidate Fiona McLeod took the seat with a comfortable 1,802 majority – increasing the Nationalist vote by a whopping 20 per cent.

She raked in 14,258 votes, compared to 12,456 for Mr Whitton – the incumbent MSP.

Ironically, Mr Whitton actually increased his vote by 4.6 per cent, but it was to no avail.

Pundits had actually tipped him to be a front-runner in the event of a Labour leadership contest.

Stephanie Fraser (Conservative) took third place with 4,438 votes, while Gordon Macdonald (Lib-Dem) was last with 2,600 votes.

Ms McLeod had an overall 42.2 per cent share of the vote. There was a swing of 7.7 per cent from Labour to SNP.

The turnout was surprisingly high – 56.4 per cent – with 33,752 people casting their votes.

See this week’s Herald for full reaction and analysis.