SNP landslide sweeps across Argyll and Bute

Brendan O'Hara (SNP) is the new MP for Argyll and Bute.
Brendan O'Hara (SNP) is the new MP for Argyll and Bute.

The SNP’s Brendan O’Hara has been elected as the new Member of Parliament for Argyll and Bute.

On a night when the SNP tide swept across Scotland, Mr O’Hara polled 22,959 votes - 44 per cent of the total cast, and a majority of 8,473 - to become part of the party’s largest ever contingent at Westminster, and the first ever SNP politician to represent Bute in the House of Commons.

The Liberal Democrats’ Alan Reid, who had held the seat since 2001, received 14,486 votes (28 per cent), while Alastair Redman for the Conservatives polled 7,733 (15%) and Labour’s Mary Galbraith 5,394 (10%).

The UK Independence Party’s candidate, Caroline Santos, came fifth with 1,311 votes (three per cent of the total).

The turnout was 75.41 per cent; the declaration was made by returning officer Sally Loudon at Lochgilphead Joint Campus at 5.38am on Friday.