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Cheerio Cathie; SNP's Jamie Hepburn steals Cumbernauld

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 00:00 GMT on Friday, May 6th, 2011.

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AS POLLS closed at 10pm on the fifth of May nobody could have expected the Scottish National Party landslide that was about to kick off.
As the last results were announced at six am on the sixth of May it became apparent that the SNP were to be the first majority Government, in the Scottish Parliament, since devolution in 1999.
Results showed that the SNP had 69 seats, Labour had 37, Conservative were left with 15 seats and it came as no surprise that the Liberal Democrats voters were jumping the fence, as the Liberal Democrats were left with 5 seats. The Green Party got in too with two seats, and Margo MacDonald took a seat.
But one of the biggest surprises of the night was the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth result.
Since the Scottish Parliament was established in 1999, Labour's Cathie Craigie was Cumbernauld and Kilsyth's local MSP, but a swing of 10.8% from Labour to SNP saw Mrs Craigie displaced and Jamie Hepburn declared the winner.
In depth.
Turnout was down 4.3% from 26'382, to 25'254, but this was still 52.7% of the local electorate. There were only 69 rejected ballot papers. Each candidates votes were as follows.
Jamie Hepburn (SNP)- 13'595, up 13.7% to take 53.8% of the total votes. 
Cathie Craigie (Lab.)- 10'136, down 7.9% to take 40.1% of the total votes.
James Boswell (Con.)- 1'156, down 0.9% to take 4.6% of the total votes.
Martin Oliver (Lib.)- 367, down 4.9% to take 1.5% of the total votes.

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In his victory speech, Jamie Hepburn said: "I wish to thank all of the people who made this happen... particularly the people of Cumbernauld and Kilsyth.
"Cathie has held Cumbernauld and Kilsyth since 1999 and I would like to wish Cathie Craigie all the best for the future, in whatever she decides to do."
Commenting, after the count, Jamie said: "I thank the people of Cumbernauld and Kilsyth for placing their faith in me to be their representative in the Parliament for the coming five years.  I will aim to work hard to deliver for people in our area.
"It also seems clear that people locally have been willing to back the progress made under the SNP.  Much has been accomplished under this first term of an SNP Government, but much more has still to be done. I look forward to playing what part I can in continuing the strong record of SNP delivery."
AV Debate.
The UK Referendum on whether or not we should change the voting system, used to elect MPs' was also counted and have the results:
There were 25,042 ballot papers counted with 8,857 votes cast FOR the change, whilst 16,024 ballots AGAINST the change. There were only 161 ballot papers rejected. There was a total electorate of 47,723, a percentage total of 52.5% of the local electorate.

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