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#SP2021 – Edinburgh election count in photos and videos

The 2021 Election Count took place at Ingliston over two days, Friday and Saturday.Rather than cramming all the counting into one overnight session, Covid restrictions meant that it was better to spread the sessions out over two days. These were two long days,...

#SPE21Results Live from Edinburgh Day Two

Day two of the election count in this year's Scottish Parliament election. Today the votes will be counted in three constituencies and the declaration for the regional vote will be made at the end of the day.Edinburgh Eastern, Edinburgh Pentlands and Edinburgh Northern and...

#SPE21RESULT Edinburgh Central – Angus Robertson wins for SNP

The election results for Edinburgh Central have been announced.The new MSP is Angus Robertson who is of course a longstanding politician and former MP. He told us he has no illusions about going straight on to the front bench, although we think that...

#SPE21RESULT Edinburgh Southern – Daniel Johnson retains his seat

The election results for Edinburgh Southern have been announced.The new MSP is Daniel Johnson who has retained his seat with an increased majority of 4,000 votes, and will serve a second term.https://twitter.com/EdinReporter/status/1390743669247025159?s=20The candidates were:Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party - Briggs, MilesScottish...

#SPE21RESULT Edinburgh Western – Cole Hamilton retains his seat

The election results for Edinburgh Western have been announced.The MSP is Alex Cole Hamilton who retained his seat with over 25,000 votes and a 10,000 or so majority over the SNP candidate.https://twitter.com/EdinReporter/status/1390724387117182978?s=20The candidates were:Scottish Liberal Democrats - Cole-Hamilton, AlexScottish Libertarian Party - Fraser,...

#SP2021 – party leaders say thank you

The polls are closed and now the counting will begin on Friday morning all over Scotland.For the past six weeks candidates have been as active in person as Covid restrictions have allowed, and have tried hard to get their message across in virtual...

#SP2021 – Voters flocking to the golf course

The Merchants of Edinburgh Golf Club has become a polling place for this year's Scottish Parliament Election. The club on Craiglockhart Hill has been welcoming voters from the area to cast their ballots since 7.00am on Thursday.Golf club member Julia Smith...

#SP2021 – the polls are open

The polling stations in Edinburgh opened at 7.00am this morning and will be open all the way through until 10.00pm.All polling stations in Edinburgh are listed here where around 8.7% of Scotland's electorate - 401,321 people - will vote in the 2021 Scottish...

#SP2021 – Nicola Sturgeon urges both votes SNP

As Scotland goes to the polls today, SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon urged voters to use both votes for the SNP, claiming this will allow experienced leadership to take charge on the way to "a brighter future".Ms Sturgeon said:“Today’s election is the most...

#SP2021 – Liberal Democrats putting recovery first

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie kicked off the final day of campaigning before polls open at an airfield in East Lothian, where he urged voters to back Liberal Democrat candidates who will put recovery first, not an independence referendum. During today he was on...

#SP2021 – Douglas Ross optimistic about the election

SCOTTISH Conservatives leader, Douglas Ross MP, said he was optimistic about this week’s Holyrood election on the eve of the nation going to the polls.The politician began his day on Wednesday in Haddington, East Lothian, where he gave his support to local Conservative candidate...

#SP2021 – Conservatives warn voters not to split the pro UK vote

Ruth Davidson MSP has urged voters not to “split the pro-UK vote” on the peach-coloured ballot and risk helping nationalist parties.Joining Scottish Conservatives leader, Douglas Ross, on the campaign trail on Tuesday, she said the election would come down to “razor-thin margins” and just...

#SP2021 – Greens have a positive message

Scottish Greens co-leaders Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater will today underline the stakes at this election as they make the final pitch for votes.The Scottish Greens say they have conducted a positive campaign for a green recovery from the pandemic and urgent action on...

#SP2021 – SNP offer “experienced leadership”

SNP leader, Nicola Sturgeon, said today there are 24 hours to secure strong, experienced leadership to keep Scotland safe at this critical time for the country.Speaking before the final day of the Both Votes SNP tour of Scotland, during which the First Minister will...

#SP2021 – Edinburgh Napier University students to air live coverage of election results

When the results of the election are counted and announced at Ingliston on Friday students from Edinburgh Napier University's journalism school will provide live coverage on Radio ENRG.Third year BA student, Steven Brown, is Editor with a staff of around 20 students who will...

East Lothian candidates are on the same path

Four election candidates in East Lothian have put any political differences aside and have issued a joint statement backing plans for a cycling and walking path between Drem and Gullane.Community activists behind the 16-year campaign hope the candidates' support will help deliver the...

#SP2021 – Scottish Labour’s projections – all over Scotland

Scottish Labour projected its message for a national recovery in Edinburgh and Glasgow last night.Shadow Scottish Secretary Ian Murray said: “Scottish Labour is taking its message for a brighter future across the country. “It might go over the heads of the SNP and the...

#SP2021 – Independent candidate for Lothian Ashley Graczyk

Ashley Graczyk is an Independent Candidate for Lothian in the Scottish Parliament Election on 6 May 2021.We asked her to provide the answers to some questions we have asked several of the candidates standing in Edinburgh and Lothian.Here is what she...

#SP2021 – Lib Dem gains “in reach”

Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie launched a new campaign poster today.Mr Rennie used a campaign stop in Edinburgh to urge voters to reach for recovery and declare that his party can make the gains that will ensure the next parliament puts recovery...

#SP2021 – Davidson to the fore with Conservative message

Although she is not a candidate in this election, former Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, has been a constant support to new leader, Douglas Ross, during the campaign.This morning she has written an open letter to pro-UK voters urging them, once again to...

#SP2021 – Lord Darling writes to voters

Former Chancellor and Labour MP for Edinburgh South West, Alistair Darling, has written to voters warning of the choice between recovery or referendum.Lord Darling has written to thousands of voters across Scotland urging them to back Scottish Labour with their second vote, explaining the...

#SP2021 – poll prefers Sarwar over Ross in opposition

A poll commissioned by Scottish Labour has found that 40% want Anas Sarwar to lead the opposition if the SNP were to form the next Scottish Government.The Survation survey finds that when asked which party leader should be the leader of the opposition, if...

#SP2021 – Eric Liddell issue their election manifesto

The Eric Liddell Centre which cares for older people, some with dementia, has issued a list of demands to candidates at this year's Scottish Parliamentary Election.Principally the charity calls for a new funding model in the third sector.Their policy priorities are published below...

#SP2021 – the arithmetic of the Alba Party

What would it take for Alba Party to get MSPs elected in Lothian?In our previous article we described how the election system works for the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) to be run on Thursday 6 May 2021. One of the big questions raised by pollsters...

#SP2021 – Martin Compston backs SNP

Martin Compston who plays Detective Inspector Steve Arnott in Line of Duty, is among actors, writers and other Scottish cultural figures who support the SNP. Compston, who lives in Las Vegas with his wife and son, also has a home in Greenock.As fans...

#SP2021 – Conservatives ask for your list vote to stop a referendum

The Scottish Conservatives say that pro-UK voters have “one shot” to be sure of stopping another independence referendum.Douglas Ross will be joined by Ruth Davidson on the campaign trail today in Colinton, where they will call for pro-UK voters to lend their peach ballots...

#SP2021 – Willie Rennie plays for votes

Today six days before the election, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, Willie Rennie, decided that the photo opportunity would be him playing shinty with Wendy Chamberlain MP.The Liberal Democrat message today is that his party can make the worry of the last five years of...

#SP2021 – SNP say they have the only plan to protect the NHS

SNP leader, Nicola Sturgeon, will urge Scots to unite behind the SNP to protect Scotland’s NHS, warning that the threat of Tory austerity is “staring us in the face”.Campaigning in Edinburgh on Friday, she will highlight that the SNP is the only party setting...

#SP2021 Ross to make speech on the English border

Pro-UK voters have seven days to save Scotland’s recovery and stop another independence referendum, Scottish Conservative leader, Douglas Ross, will say today .Speaking near the border between Scotland and England, he will call for pro-UK voters to unite and use their peach ballot paper...

#SP2021 – LibDems criticise SNP for pushing for second referendum

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, Willie Rennie, took a posed karate lesson in The Meadows yesterday, showing that he is prepared to fight for every vote.As part of the election campaign, Mr Rennie encouraged voters to ignore the SNP's push for IndyRef2 and put recovery...

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