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Labour loses out in key marginals

Labour lost five seats in Scotland as the party secured a historic third term at Westminster.

The Scottish National Party increased its number of seats to six with wins in the Western Isles and Dundee East.

But the Lib Dems - who picked up East Dunbartonshire and Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey - overtook the SNP's share of the vote.

Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweedale was won by the Tories, but they lost shadow Scottish secretary Peter Duncan.

The party's sole Scottish MP in the last parliament was defeated by Labour in Dumfries and Galloway.

He said: "It is a personal disappointment, but we have shown that we can still win constituencies in the south of Scotland.

"In the longer term we have to build on that."

Deputy Scottish Tory leader Annabel Goldie said the victory for David Mundell in the neighbouring seat was a "marvellous result".

He will now resign as a member of the Scottish Parliament, with the Tories' Derek Brownlee taking his place as he was next on the party's list for the region.

Scottish Secretary Alistair Darling won Edinburgh South West with a comfortable majority of more than 7,000.

Labour also retained its grip on Aberdeen South, while the SNP held Angus against a strong Tory challenge.

Party leader Alex Salmond - who was re-elected in Banff and Buchan - said Angus MacNeil's victory in the Western Isles was "a great breakthrough".

"This is the first time that the Scottish National Party have won a seat from Labour in a UK General Election for 31 years," he said.

But he admitted he was "very disappointed" that Annabelle Ewing could not take Ochil from Labour.

"This is a setback for us, but nonetheless, over the piece, over the evening, it'll be the SNP who have got most to celebrate in Scotland," he said.

Three-party politics

With only Argyll and Bute left to declare at midday on Friday, the SNP had a 17.7% share of the Scottish vote - down by 2.4% on 2001.

The Lib Dems saw their share rise by 6.4% to 22.4%.

Party leader Charles Kennedy, who was re-elected in Ross, Skye and Lochaber, said there was a "new politics" in Britain.

"The era of three-party politics right across the UK is now with us and that is something that I welcome," he said.

"It is a healthy development, and I think that what we are seeing taking place in terms of the progress of the Liberal Democrats right across the land is something to be celebrated."

The party also has the youngest Scottish MP following 25-year-old Jo Swinson's victory in East Dunbartonshire.

Labour was expected to finish with 41 seats in Scotland while retaining power at Westminster with a reduced majority.

Chancellor Gordon Brown held his Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath seat with a majority of more than 18,000.

He said: "I promise that we will listen and we will learn so that we can serve our country and our communities even better in the years to come."

Commons Speaker Michael Martin was involved in an angry exchange following his election to the Glasgow North East seat after a heckler branded him a "Nazi sympathiser".

There were more angry scenes at the count in Glasgow after Labour's Mohammed Sarwar and the other Glasgow Central candidates refused to share the stage with the British National Party.

Chants of "fascists out" echoed round the hall after Scottish Socialist Party activists confronted BNP followers.

The police intervened to separate both sides and minutes later had to defuse a further confrontation between SSP MSP Rosie Kane and the BNP.

The SSP's share of the national vote fell from 3.1% to 1.9%. Convener Colin Fox said: "We expected a tough time, we got a tough time, we have thrown our hands up to it and said we knew it was coming."

Total turnout

The Greens secured 1.1% of the vote, and co-convener Robin Harper said: "I'm terribly pleased with our performance - it's better than we have ever done before."

More than 2.3 million people went to the polls in Scotland, giving a total turnout of 60.5% - up 2.6%.

South of the border former Glasgow Kelvin MP George Galloway, who was expelled by Labour last year, won the safe Labour seat of Bethnal Green and Bow.

Story from BBC NEWS:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/uk_p...and/4514791.stm

The Scottish National Party increased its number of seats to six with wins in the Western Isles and Dundee East.

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Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweedale was won by the Tories,

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but they lost shadow Scottish secretary Peter Duncan.

Good, at least someone hasn't got a memory of a siv and remembers the Thatcher years

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I think it is good for polatics that labour didnt just ride into town and walk away with all the spoils,we and i mean all of us need a strong oposition in this country

I know your feelings on the torries but even them becoming a stronger party would be enough for labour to wake up and start delivering on its promises or as we have sen last night the lib dems might sneek in the next time

Dont you think the out come last night will open the door for brown to get his chance he has been waiting for

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I'd rather the Lib Dems become second, the Tories have once to many shown themselves to be racist towards Scotland, I rather see them die.

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I'd rather the Lib Dems become second, the Tories have once to many shown themselves to be racist towards Scotland, I rather see them die.

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Well that is your opinion and i will not coment on it,the only thing iwill say is know that this election is all over i hope i see the fruits of labours promises soon

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