Scottsh Election: Labour and Lib Dems taking one hell of a beating early on

3am update

As the pundits painfully and relentlessly tell us: “It’s early days,” but the SNP are having a great night.

Labour and the Lib Dems are not. To put it lightly.

The Lib Dem vote appears to be going down the plughole. The SNP are benefiting massively from that slump, while Labour are not.

In a shock result, Labour high-flyer Andy Kerr lost East Kilbride to the SNP’s Linda Fabiani by just under 2,000 votes thanks to a 6.6 per cent swing.

Another shock swiftly followed as Tom McCabe lost his seat to the SNP’s Christina McKelvie in Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse on a stunning swing of 11 per cent.

With a majority of more than 4,000, the SNP’s Aileen Campbell relieved Labour’s Karen Gillon of the Clydesdale seat she had held for 12 years.

Alex Neil took Airdire and Shotts from Labour’s Karen Whitefield. On another night, this would have been a bellwether but, given the huge SNP swing, it came as hardly surprising.

Chants of “easy, easy” greeted Nicola Sturgeon as she romped home in Glasgow Southside. And Shona Robison secured a massive 10,000 majority in Dundee City East.

Labour had earlier held onto Rutherglen – but only after surviving a 7.4 per cent swing to the SNP. And in the supposedly safe Uddingston and Bellshill seat, Labour scraped past the SNP by 700 votes.

Labour also “gained” Eastwood, which was notionally a Tory seat after boundary changes. While the Labour vote increased 10 per cent, the SNP vote increased 9 per cent.

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