Skip to content

Scottish Parliament Elections – Live

Share
1 Share
By Fiona Reid, Amanda Kennedy and Lewis Irons
Annan and Eskdale
Scottish Parliament Elections - Live

Full story to follow!

 

DCT MP David Mundell - and father of candidate Oliver - waits for the ballot boxes
DCT MP David Mundell – and father of candidate Oliver – waits for the ballot boxes

DSC_8856

11.52pm: No sign of any of the candidates yet. Meanwhile, the counters are assembled waiting for the first ballot boxes to arrive from polling stations across the region.

Labour councillor Ronnie Nicholson waits for the counting to start
Labour councillor Ronnie Nicholson waits for the counting to start

12.12am:

Returning officer Gavin Stevenson with DNG Media's Lewis Irons
Returning officer Gavin Stevenson with DNG Media’s Lewis Irons

12.18am: Counting has begun with boxes in from across Dumfries

12.26 am: Returning officer Gavin Stevenson is confident his team will deliver the result ‘ahead of schedule’. He visited 20 local polling stations yesterday morning and praised the staff for doing a great job. He added: “Tonight there’s a great feel in the room, it’s very calm and relaxed at the moment.”

12.38am: There was a 53% voter turnout locally in the 2011 election – it’s expected to be higher this time.

12.52am: Party agents say their candidates won’t be arriving for a while.

1.15am: Dumfries Tory candidate Oliver Mundell has arrived at the Easterbrook Hall with his wife. Labour’s Elaine Murray has also turned up with her family.

1.23am:

Oliver Mundell and wife Catherine
Oliver Mundell and wife Catherine
Elaine Murray and family
Elaine Murray and family

1.35am: Galloway and West Dumfries Tory candidate Finlay Carson told us: “I fought a tough campaign and having gone round the room tonight there is still a positive feel. We usually do well in the rural areas, but Stranraer and Dumfries are ones to keep an eye on.”

3 am: Voter turnout for Dumfries and Galloway was 59.9 per cent, equal to 36,361. Galloway and West turnout was 59.4 per cent, equal to 33,458.

3.21am: SNP Dumfries candidate Joan McAlpine tells us she voted at 9.30 am and then spent the day canvassing in Upper Nithsdale.

3.25pm: It’s looking like a clear fight between the Tories and SNP in both regional constituencies

3.31am: Galloway and West Dumfries Labour candidate Fiona O’Donnell poses for our photographer

DSC_8874

3.35am: Dumfriesshire candidates and agents have been called in for vote verification

3.40 am: The word on the street is we’ll have a result within the hour – yay!

5.40 am: Internet crashed at the crucial moment…D&G has gone blue with the election of Oliver Mundell and Finlay Carson – full story to follow!

Dumfries and West

01st Mar

Angling on River Nith drops to concerning levels

By Marc McLean, local democracy reporter | DNG24