By Paul Goodman
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I linked earlier this morning to Sky News's summary of the result, but here it is in full for the record:
Iain McKenzie (Lab) 15,118 (53.8%, -2.2%)
Anne McLaughlin (SNP) 9.280 (33%, +15.5%)
David Wilson (Con) 2,784 (9.9%, -2.1%)
Sophie Bridger (LD) 627 (2.2%, -11.1%)
Mitch Sorbie (UKIP) 288 (1%, -0.2%)
Labour majority: 5,838 (20.8%, -17.6%)
Turnout: 28,097 (45.4%, -18%)
Three quick points:
- Although Labour's majority was slashed by more than half, its share of the vote scarcely moved. The explanation for the much reduced majority was the Salmond-driven SNP surge.
- The 2.2 per cent Liberal Democrat total could well be a foretaste of what's likely to happen in a general election in seats in which that party isn't a competitor.
- Our share scarcely moved either. It had presumably pretty much hit the bottom already. Odd to think that part of the seat was once part of a Conservative-held constituency - Renfrew West and Inverclyde.