Tories can party in the south from east to west

Conservatives turned the south of Scotland blue at the European elections, writes Bob Burgess.

The SNP, Lib Dems, UKIP and Labour were left trailing behind them in the Borders. And in Dumfries and Galloway , the pecking order after the Tories was Labour, the SNP, UKIP, the Greens and the Lib Dems.

Scotland is a single Euro constituency with six members. But the combined south figures are interesting : Conservatives 24,115; SNP 15,409; Labour 12,272; UKIP 9,810; Lib Dems 7,273.

Local Tory MSP John Lamont commented: “This shows that our message on Europe is connecting with voters in the region.”

Lib Deb Michael Moore, looking at failure at the SBC by-election and Europe conceded: “These results are disappointing, reflecting a poor night across the country.”

Borders(turn out 35.9%)Conservatives – 9,972
Liberal Democrats – 5,465
UKIP – 4,058
Labour – 3,363
Scottish Greens – 2459
Britain First – 284 votes
British National Party- 224
NO2EU - 130