SNP juggernaut wins all North East seats

The 56 SNP MP's with leader Nicola Sturgeon
The 56 SNP MP's with leader Nicola Sturgeon

It may have been a majority for the Conservative party on Friday morning but in Scotland the voters sent out a very clear message as they chose the SNP to represent them in 56 of their 59 constituencies.

In the North East Dr. Eilidh Whiteford retained her Banff & Buchan seat while Stuart Donaldson and former First Minister Alex Salmond took West Aberdeenshire & Kincardine and Gordon away from the Lib Dems respectively.

The Nationalists also won both Aberdeen North and South, and held on to Moray.

Amongst the biggest shocks of the night saw Labour’s 
Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander lose his seat of Paisley & Renfrewshire South to 20-year-old Mhairi Black, who now becomes the youngest MP since the 17th century.

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy was another high profile victim of the SNP surge as he lost his East Renfrewshire seat.

Meanwhile, South of the border, Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls lost Morley and Outwood to the Conservatives as they succeeded in winning a surprise overall majority.

Following the backlash of the countries choice, Labour’s Ed Miliband and Lib Dem’s Nick Clegg both stepped down from their respective roles as leaders of their parties.

After being elected to represent Banff & Buchan, Dr. Whiteford took to the microphone to deliver the message:

“Scotland is speaking loud and clear tonight and it will be my job to make sure Westminster are listening.”

Gordon’s newly elected MP Alex Salmond echoed this statement as he stood on stage.

He said: “There is a swing underway in Scotland the like of which has not been seen in recorded politics.

“It is an extraordinary statement of intent from the people of Scotland.

“The Scottish lion has roared this morning across the country.”

However, as Mr Salmond’s opponent Christine Jardine noted in her speech, the SNP does not speak for the entire of Scotland.

In an article for The Scotsman, the Lib Dem candidate wrote:

“From where will the SNP now be challenged? How shall we question their assertions and scrutinise their behaviour?”

In other news, Scotland’s only Conservative MP David Mundell has been named as Scotland Secretary in David Cameron’s new cabinet.