Jenni holds Argyll and Bute seat for SNP

Jenni Minto increased his majority by almost 3000 votes. Photograph by Kevin McGlynn.

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It was one of the shortest sets of podium speeches Argyll and Bute has heard but there was no disguising SNP candidate Jenni Minto’s delight at retaining the Argyll and Bute constituency seat for the SNP.

The Islay resident won the vote in the constituency with 16,608 votes, an increased majority of 8,963 over the Conservatives.

There was a swing of 0.3 per cent from the SNP to the Tories.

On the podium she said: ‘I think the people of Scotland have told us now that Scotland’s future is Scotland’s choice.’

The seat had previously been held by former Constitution Secretary Michael Russell, who is stepping back from frontline politics. Ms Minto increased his majority by almost 3,000 votes. Mr Russell was one of the first people to phone her with congratulations.

In turn Ms Minto thanked everyone who voted for her, saying: ‘I feel incredibly humbled. It is such a privilege to represent this amazing constituency and its people.’

Donald Cameron (Scottish Conservative) and Lewis Whyte (Labour) thanked the election staff for conducting the event under such difficult circumstances.

Lib Dem Candidate Alan Reid said: ‘I am pleased that our share of the vote was higher than at the last two general elections. The LibDems are on the way back up in Argyll and Bute.’

Votes given were as follows:

Donald Cameron Scottish Conservative 7,645
Jenni Minto SNP 16,608
Alan Reid Lib Dem 6,874
Lewis White Labour 2,436

The constituency had a turnout of 68 per cent, a swing of 6.8 per cent since the last Scottish Parliament election.