The outcome of the Scottish Parliament election in the Western isles shows the Labour Party’s lowest number of votes, or share of the votes, in any Holyrood or Westminster election in the islands since 1974, according to the SNP.

The SNP's Alasdair Allan was returned as MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar having received 6,874 votes, more than all of the other parties combined.

He said later: "The greatest privilege I have ever had is to be elected MSP for the islands, and my awareness of that does not diminish with time. I would like to thank not only the 52% of islanders who voted for me, but everyone who turned out - my job is to work for everyone in the islands, which is what I intend to do.

"I would like to pay particular thanks to my team of hard working SNP activists who, over many months, have worked tirelessly to ensure this historic victory.

“Nationally, the SNP have managed to win the highest share of the constituency vote and the largest number of constituency seats ever achieved by any party in a Scottish Parliament election. The SNP is winning for a reason. That is because the SNP fights Scotland's corner, at a time when the UK Government clearly doesn't care.

"There is plenty to be done both locally, after MSPs are sworn in, and by the incoming Scottish Government, when that is formed and I am greatly looking forward to the work ahead.”

The full result was: Alasdair Allan 6,874 (52.1%);  Rhoda Grant  3,378 (25.6%); Ranald Fraser1,499  (11.4%) John Cormack 1,162 (8.8%) Ken MacLeod 293 (2.2%)