General Election: Tories look like winning Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk seat

Live from the count: Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk

Friday, 9th June 2017, 2:38 am
Updated Friday, 9th June 2017, 2:43 am
SNP Candidate Calum Kerr looks like losing the seat he has enjoyed for only two years.

Early indications are that the Conservatives will take this seat by some margin.

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Counting is still under way, but the SNP’s Calum Kerr, who won this seat in 2015 by just 328 votes - the smallest majority in Scotland - tells us that they are too far behind this time around.

This will mean that Tory John Lamont is almost certainly going to make it to Westminster – at the third time of asking. The central Borders has not had a Conservative MP since 1965, when Liberal David Steel won the by-election.

He resigned from his Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire seat at Holyrood to focus all his energies on this and it seems to have paid off. Meanwhile, the by-election for Lamont’s empty seat at Holyrood also looks as though it will turn blue, with the Conservative’s Rachael Hamilton well ahead. Mr Lamont won this seat in 2016 with a 7,736 majority.