All eyes were on Stornoway this morning (Monday May 27th) as returning officer Malcolm Burr announced the Western Isles result, bringing to a close the European Election process in Scotland.
The Scottish National Party led the way locally with 44% of votes (3606), the Brexit party in second with 20% of the vote (1640) and Labour third with 10% (814).
Today’s result saw a huge drop off for the Labour party with a loss of more than 1000 votes from their 2014 European Election result.
Nigel Farage’s Brexit party enjoyed relative success locally with their 20% vote share in the Western Isles being well above the figure of just under 15% seen across Scotland.
With Brexit the main topic of discussion, the people of the Western Isles have followed the nationwide trend of opting for parties with a strong stance on the issues.
The results in full are as follows:
- Scottish National Party 3606
- The Brexit Party 1640
- Scottish Labour 814
- Liberal Democrats 611
- Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party 611
- Scottish Greens 581
- UKIP 189
- Change UK – The Independent Group 130
- Edgar, Gordon 18
- Parke, Ken 10
- Rejected 34
The turnout was 39.3%
Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP Alasdair Allan hailed an “outstanding” victory for the SNP, both across Scotland and in the islands. He said the result proved that Scotland was “tired of being ignored by Westminster on Europe - and on everything else.”
The SNP emerged across Scotland today as the victor, going up from two to three seats and winning 38 percent of the vote. This puts the SNP a massive 23 percentage points ahead of its nearest rival, the Brexit Party, and leaves Labour in Scotland in fifth place.
Alasdair Allan commented:“This result is a huge success for the SNP, and for its clear and positive message about Scotland’s place in Europe. The SNP has emerged today with three of Scotland’s six MEPs, and with more votes in Scotland than Labour, the Tories and the Lib Dems added together.”
“The result in the Western Isles was the last to come in, but it was well worth waiting for. The SNP won a massive 43.7% percent of the vote in the islands, 24 points ahead of its nearest rival locally.
“The Labour Party meanwhile had what was certainly its worst ever parliamentary election result in the Western Isles since the constituency was formed in 1918, reflecting Labour’s collapse across the country.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all who helped the SNP in the islands during this historic election.”
“The result shows, above all else, that Scotland has had its fill of being ignored by Westminster on Brexit and on everything else. There is a better way forward for Scotland as an independent European country.
"Today’s results show that, after 12 years in government, the popularity of Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP continues.”
Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus MacNeil has also welcomed the historic result for the SNP in the European Parliamentary election.
Mr MacNeil said Scotland and Na h-Eileanan an Iar had spoken loudly and clearly in support of Scotland remaining in the EU.
He said: “This is a great result for the SNP. The Tories and Labour have destroyed themselves on Brexit and clearly Scotland needs Independence to get out of the mess those parties have created.
“Across Europe, nations smaller than Scotland must be wondering when Scotland will take matters into our own hands for the good of jobs and communities instead of being at the mercy of events elsewhere.
“I would like to thank voters in Na h-Eileanan an Iar for turning out to vote in this important election. Your votes matter and it is pleasing to see turnout is higher than it was in the last European election five years ago.”
The SNP have taken three of the six Scottish seats in the European Parliament, winning 38 percent of the vote. One seat for the Brexit Party; one for the Conservatives and one for the Liberal Democrats with the Labour Party losing its seat.