SNP landslide as Eilidh does it again!

SNP candidate Dr Eilidh Whiteford has retained her Banff and Buchan seat with an increased majority.

Dr. Whiteford swept away her rivals, polling 27,487 votes (60.2% of the vote) - well ahead of her nearest rival, Conservative candidate Alex Johnstone who polled 13,148

The turnout at the polling stations across the area was 66.5%, with Dr. Whiteford’s share of the vote up 19% on the 2010 result.

Taking third place was Sumon Hoque, with 2,647. Mr Hoque had been suspended by the Labour party following an appearance in court last month on driving-related charges.

In fourth place was LibDem candidate David Evans who polled 2,347 votes.

Commenting on her victory, Dr Whiteford said: “I’m truly humbled by the result in Banff and Buchan.

SNP victors Eilidh Whiteford, Alex Salmond and Stuart Blair Donaldson.

SNP victors Eilidh Whiteford, Alex Salmond and Stuart Blair Donaldson.

“Thank you to everyone who voted for me and my brilliant campaign team - and will do all in my power to work for our people and communities.”

Meanwhile, former Banff and Buchan MP Alex Salmond was returned to Westminster after he won the Gordon seat, taking it from the LibDems who had held it under Sir Malcolm Bruce since the seat was created in 1983.

LibDem candidate Christine Jardine, who stepped in following Sir Malcolm’s retirement earlier this year, came second.

Mr Salmond polled 27,717 votes (47.7% of the total vote), with Ms Jardine taking 19,030 votes.

I’m truly humbled by the result in Banff and Buchan.

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

Conservative Colin Clark was third with 6,807 votes, Labour’s Braden Davey had 3,441 votes and UKIP’s Emily Santos had 1,166.

Following his election, Mr Salmond said that the Scottish lion had ‘roared’ as the SNP took six seats in the north-east of Scotland