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By Fiona Reid & Euan Maxwell
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General Election 2019

WE'RE live at the David Keswick Centre in Dumfries for the General Election 2019 count. Boxes are arriving from across the region for the two seats covered by this area: Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale and Dumfries and Galloway.

 

5.00am: And it’s a wrap here at The David Keswick Centre…

4.30am: BREAKING: DCT results: David Mundell – Conservatives 22,611 (majority of 3,781), Amanda Burgauer – SNP 18,830, Nick Chisholm – Labour 4,172, John Ferry – Liberal Democrats 3,540.

4.20am: DCT results to follow…

4.15am: BREAKING: Dumfries and Galloway results: Alister Jack – Conservatives: 22,678 (majority 1805), Richard Arkless – SNP: 20,873 Ted Thompson – Labour: 4,745 McNabb Laurie – Liberal Democrats: 3,133.

4.03am: And it looks like David Mundell has held his seat with a reduced 5,000 majority. Details to follow.

4.00am: DNG Media believe Alister Jack has held his seat by 1800 votes.

3.35am: David Mundell says he’s glad the campaign is over and is hopeful of re-election. He told DNG Media: “It would be a huge honour to be re-elected for the fifth time for this constituency. For me, it’s a really big honour and privilege in your home constituency to be able to do that.”

3.15am: Scottish Secretary Alister Jack and Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale Tory candidate David Mundell have arrived at the count.

 

3.15am: The DCT count is underway.

2.55am: Verification is finished and counting is underway for the Dumfries and Galloway count. DCT not far behind…

2.45am: Annandale North councillor Gail Macgregor from Ecclefechan has come third to the SNP and Labour in East Kilbride. 

2.30am: And the turnout for DCT was 72.1% – 49,295 votes.

2.15am: There were 51,552 votes cast in the Dumfries and Galloway constituency – a turnout of 69.1%

2am: A Conservative source has just told us it’s ‘looking good’ in Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale for David Mundell.

1.40am: We’ll be here a wee while yet…boxes are still arriving and there’s talk of a 5.30am declaration – at the earliest.

1.20am: Dumfries and Galloway Council chief executive Gavin Stevenson is once again the election returning officer.

12.50 am: Ballot boxes continue to arrive from the farthest reaches of the constituencies – the last box is expected to get here at 1.30 am.

12.25am: SNPs Amanda Burgauer is the only candidate here so far. However, all the parties have their supporters, councillors and agents in the hall watching the action.

12 midnight: The hall at the athletics centre is a hive of activity as the scores of returning staff sort the ballot boxes and postal votes. The results are not expected until the early hours but many are predicting a race between the Tories and the SNP on both sides of the region.

 

 

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