Bute MSP reflects on ‘disappointing night’ for Yes

Argyll and Bute's SNP MSP, Michael Russell.
Argyll and Bute's SNP MSP, Michael Russell.

Argyll and Bute’s SNP MSP Michael Russell has spoken of his disappointment after his constituency, and the people of Scotland, decisively voted against independence.

Speaking shortly after the Argyll and Bute declaration in Lochgilphead, which saw a No vote of 59 per cent to 41 per cent, told the BBC it had been “a very disappointing night indeed, not just for me, but for all the people who have worked so hard across Argyll and Bute”.

Mr Russell, who is also the Scottish Government’s cabinet secretary for education and lifelong learning, continued: “I think everybody is a bit gutted tonight, but the people of Scotland are sovereign: they have spoken, and what we have to do as politicians is listen to them and to understand what they are saying, and one of the things they are saying is we shouldn’t do politics as usual.”

Mr Russell told the BBC’s Glenn Campbell it was “inevitable” and “the logical and sensible thing” for the SNP to work with other political parties to shape Scotland’s future in the wake of the decisive No vote.

“The message in this referendum during the campaign was ‘vote No, and note more powers will come to Scotland’,” he said.

“The people of Scotland have voted No, and in those circumstances the next part of that bargain has to be fulfilled, and there is a role for every politician in Scotland right across the parties to work constructively to deliver those powers.”