General Election: Scottish Borders Council leader Shona Haslam loses bid to become MP

Scottish Borders Council leader Shona Haslam has lost her bid to become an MP, meaning she will continue as leader of the local authority.

Friday, 13th December 2019, 3:08 am
Council leader Shona Haslam's bid to be an MP is over following her defeat in Lanark.

She lost to the incumbent SNP candidate Angela Crawley, in one of the only three-way marginals in the country.

Although Ms Haslam returned the same 32.1% vote share the Conservatives gathered in 2017, the SNP appear to have attracted a good deal of Labour’s former voters, and returned Ms Crawley with 41.9% of the vote, a swing of +9.3% from 2017.

Labour again fell to third place, but with 20.2% of the vote, a swing of -11.7%.