Counting under way in the Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale election

We’re back at Kelso for the second day of counting in the Scottish Parliament elections.

Saturday, 8th May 2021, 4:05 pm
Updated Saturday, 8th May 2021, 4:13 pm
Countiing is under way in the Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale constituency, at Springwood Park, Kelso.

Today, it’s for the Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale constituency, in which the SNP’s Christine Grahame will be hoping to hold onto her seat, and continuing the decent start to the election by the SNP.

In 2016, she enjoyed an almost 6,000 seat majority over then Conservative Michelle Ballantyne, who now leads the Reform UK party in Scotland.

This time, she has to contend with the current leader of Scottish Borders Council, Shona Haslam, who’ll be hoping to emulate the victory yesterday in the Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire constituency by fellow Tory Rachael Hamilton, albeit with a slightly reduced majority over the SNP’s Paul Wheelhouse.

The SNP's Christine Grahame is hoping to hold onto her seat.

Also in the running are Dominic Ashmole, Green Party; A.C. May, Lib Dems; Katherine Sangster, Labour; and Michael Banks, Vanguard Party.

The result is expected within the hour, and we’ll bring that to you as it happens.