Voters in the Western Isles were told yesterday (Saturday December 15th) that it was au revoir but not goodbye from Jennifer Ross, the Conservative and Unionist Party Candidate at the General Election last Thursday.

She told voters in a special media release: "I am delighted with the Conservative result in Na h-Eileanan an Iar which has been the highest vote share we have had in 60 years and since the National Liberal and Conservative result in 1959."

And she pointed out that:""Out of the 59 seats in Scotland, Na h-Eileanan an Iar was the largest vote share increase for the Conservatives by a very long way. We saw our vote increase in our strongholds and strengthen considerably in Harris and along the West side of Lewis as well as making significant gains in Stornoway."

She spoke of the emotional resonance in her interactions with voters. "As I walked the constituency and met with hundreds of locals and businesses, I could tell that there was a great deal of support for fundamental conservative values here. My message was resonating with people. 

"This message was one of unity and compassionate Conservatism. I reject the SNP and their divisive agenda that we are somehow morally beneath them because we are Conservative. This is simply untrue. I genuinely care about those who are disadvantaged and who need help and support in life as well as believing that those who work hard must be respected and valued for their efforts.

"I took a message to the Western Isles that I am proud to be a Conservative, the Party of the hard worker, the Party of social mobility and helping people to realise their potential.

"Moving away from party politics, I think people could see that I was someone who can get things done. It is frustrating that I have not been elected to serve the people of the Western Isles as I know I could have been the most dedicated and hardworking MP. 

"Some of the people I have met on the way have already been in touch to echo that sentiment and to thank me for solving some of their issues in only a few weeks, that the SNP incumbent could not fix in 15 years. 

"As the election fades into the distance, I hope to build on this success in the future and to bring an agenda of hope and peace going forward, instead of the hatred and division spread by a Nationalist party who wants to tear our nation apart.

"I am reminded of a meeting with someone in Stornoway, who pulled me aside and whispered ‘I’m a Conservative, but please don’t tell anyone’. 

"I promise to come back develop this message of proud and compassionate Conservatism, so that one day, that person may be able to say they are a Conservative without being attacked and vilified. 

"Thank you to those who supported me in gaining this unprecedented result. You are the warmest, kindest and most welcoming people I have ever met. I leave a piece of my heart with you. 

"See you again soon!"

The official statement on the General Election polling result was as follows:

DECLARATION OF RESULTS

       
         

Electorate

21,106

     

Total Votes Cast

14,542

     

Turnout

68.90%

     
         

I, Malcolm Burr,  Returning Officer for the UK Parliamentary Election for Na h-Eileanan an Iar Constituency, hereby give notice that the total number of votes polled for each registered individual candidate at the election was as follows:-

 

NAME

VOTES

SHARE

Alison Kate MacCorquodale, commonly known as Alison MacCorquodale,  Scottish Labour Party

4,093

28%

Angus Brendan MacNeil, Scottish National Party (SNP)

6,531

45%

Murray Neil Mitchison, commonly known as Neil Mitchison, Scottish Liberal Democrats

637

4%

Jennifer May McCann,  commonly known as Jennifer Ross, Scottish Conservative and Unionist

3,216

22%

TOTAL VALID VOTES

14,477

100%

 

The number of rejected Ballot Papers was as follows:

   

REASON FOR REJECTION

 

 

Lack of official mark or unique identifying mark

0

 

Voting for more than one candidate

13

 

Writing of mark by which the voter could be identified

1

 

Unmarked or void for uncertainty

51

 

TOTAL REJECTED VOTES

65

 

         

The following candidate is duly elected to serve as a Member of the UK Parliament for the Na h-Eileanan an Iar Constituency:-

         

Name:  Angus Brendan MacNeil

Description:  Scottish National Party (SNP)