A DELIGHTED returning Stewart Stevenson was full of adminration for the 16,812 voters who supported his bid.
He said: “The 67.2% of electors supporting me is the highest in the new Parliament and shows the continuing faith among local folk in our ability to deliver.
“I thank each of my opponents for the constructive spirit in which they approached the election and for their contribution to the democratic process”, he continued.
“I wish them well and hope they enjoyed campaigning.
“I thank all who voted on Thursday. This is the third consecutive election where my vote has increased. I shall work hard to build on the personal vote of confidence you have given me.”
Turning to the election of a new, majority, SNP Government, Stewart commented: “Alex Salmond has proved himself in office during the first term of SNP Government.
“The unambiguous endorsement of the Government at this election lays the foundations for decisive action on the economy and in tackling alcohol abuse.
“We shall continue to work with other parties in Parliament to ensure that our decisions reflect the widest possible range of views.
“Lessons learned as a minority Government will continue to influence how we will conduct ourselves now that we have an overall majority.”
Speaking to local electors, Stewart said: “I thank all who voted on Thursday. This is the third consecutive election where my vote has increased.
“ I shall work hard to build on the personal vote of confidence you have given me.”