EUROPEAN ELECTION RESULTS

Statement of local totals

The total number of ballot papers received: 23,518

The total electorate being:  65,913

This represents a turn out of:  35.68%

1.  The total number of valid votes given to each registered party in the West Dunbartonshire Local Counting Area is as follows:

Statement of local totals
Party Number of Votes
Change UK – The Independent Group      417
Conservative and Unionist Party   1,484
Labour Party   3,748
Liberal Democrats   1,706
Scottish Green Party   1,554
Scottish National Party (SNP) 10,670
The Brexit Party   3,240
UK Independence Party (UKIP)      103
Edgar, Gordon   2,113
Parke, Ken       35
The number of valid postal votes received: 5,202

Nicola Sturgeon says Scotland has rejected Brexit – again

BBC Scotland is reporting that the SNP has increased its number of MEPs from two to three while Scottish Labour lost both its seats in the European elections.

With all 32 Scottish council areas having declared their results, the SNP has 37.7% of the votes – up from 29% in the last EU election.

The Brexit Party secured second place and has won one seat. The Lib Dems and Tories also won a seat each.

Labour came fifth with less than 10% of the vote – down from 26% in 2014.

It means Labour loses both of its MEPs in Scotland, including David Martin who was the UK’s longest serving elected EU politician.

The SNP came in a clear first with 37.7% of the vote followed by the Brexit Party with 14.8%. Next was the Lib Dems with 13.8%, after that the Conservatives with 11.6%. Labour recorded 9.3% of the vote and the Scottish Greens came in with 8%.

The final result means Scotland’s six new MEPs will be: The SNP’s Alyn Smith, Christian Allard and Aileen McLeod plus Louis Stedman-Bryce of the Brexit Party, Sheila Ritchie of the Liberal Democrats and Baroness Nosheena Mobarik of the Conservatives.

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Nicola Sturgeon

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, the country’s first minister, tweeted that her party had won a “historic” victory in the election, and that Scotland had “rejected Brexit again”.

The party’s previous best European election result was 32.6% in 1994.

The SNP won the biggest share of the vote in 30 of the 32 council areas, with the Lib Dems first in both Orkney and Shetland.

At the last EU poll five years ago, UKIP won 10.4% of the vote in Scotland and secured one European seat. At this election its share of the vote dropped to 1.8%.

Turnout across Scotland was recorded at 39.9%, up from 33.5% five years ago.

graphic showing percentage of votes in Scotland
percentage change since last election

The election was held on Thursday in the UK, but the results could not be announced until after 22:00 on Sunday because voting was being held in other EU countries.

The SNP fought its election campaign on a strong anti-Brexit platform, with leader Ms Sturgeon urging voters to back her party to show “Scotland’s for Europe”.

The Liberal Democrats, whose vote is up across the UK, and the Scottish Greens also campaigned against Brexit and have joined the SNP in calling for another referendum on EU membership.

The SNP’s Mr Smith, who tops the party’s list for the election, said it was clear from the results that Scotland was a “different country” to the rest of the UK – where the Brexit Party is on course to win the most votes.

Mr Smith told BBC Scotland: “It is clear that Scotland is for Europe, we have voted Remain again, and that vote cannot be ignored.

“People are voting SNP for a variety of reasons – there are those who are lending us their vote and others who are die-hard SNP voters, we’ve got people coming to us from all over the spectrum.

“This has been about proving to the UK that we want to remain (in the EU)”.

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Richard Leonard

But party leader Richard Leonard – a close ally of Jeremy Corbyn – insisted that Labour had been the only party fighting to unite the country against “the divisions caused by the competing nationalisms of the UK and Scottish governments”.

Meanwhile, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said her party had retained a Scottish MEP on what was a “tough night for the party UK-wide”

The SNP and Labour both won two seats in Scotland in 2014, with the Conservatives and UKIP winning one each.

Who’s had a good night and who’s had a bad one?

Analysis by BBC Scotland political reporter Philip Sim

To take the easy questions first, it has been a good night for the SNP, who have gained a seat while cruising ahead of all of its rivals. There were council areas where the party was comfortably 30 percentage points clear of their nearest rivals.

It was also a decent night for the Brexit Party, who improved on UKIP’s previous performance in Scotland and look set to take a seat. See also the Lib Dems, who say they “are finding votes from places we have never been before”.

But for every winner in politics, there’s a loser. Other than the SNP’s dominance, the big story of the night was Labour’s utter collapse, losing both of their seats.

Does this tell us anything about future elections, or the fate of Brexit? That’s a much harder question.

Yes, unambiguously pro-EU parties did well – although of course they were always expected to, in a country that voted 62% for Remain in 2016. The SNP in particular are keen to proclaim that the results shows that “Scotland’s not for Brexit”.

The strong performances from the Brexit Party and the Lib Dems also underline the importance of having a clear constitutional position in an election that was all about sending a message.

But while turnout was up on previous European elections, it was still low by comparison with almost every other vote held in Scotland over the last 20 years. Less than half of the electorate registered a vote.

These results might not be replicated in any future Westminster or Holyrood election. But they will certainly shape the context of the debate in the coming months, at a pivotal time in politics.

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