MP not surprised by district’s ‘NO’ vote

Councillor Ashay Ghai celebrates with Jo Swinson
Councillor Ashay Ghai celebrates with Jo Swinson

MP Jo Swinson said the ‘No’ vote in East Dunbartonshire did not surprise her as many of her constituents had told her they were voting that way.

In the run up to the Scottish Independence Referendum Ms Swinson said she’d spoken to thousands of people on the doorstep and on the phone and it was clear they recognised the benefits of staying in the United Kingdom.

Speaking at the count at the Leisuredrome in Bishopbriggs, she said: “I visited 17 polling stations and I feel it is a privilege to have had upwards of 90 per cent turnout in the area.

“Staff at polling stations had never experienced anything like this before.

“In other countries around the world there’s fighting and we have this wonderful democratic alternative.

“We are really privileged to be able to cast our vote using a pencil on a ballot paper without any conflict.”

Ms Swinson said she felt inspired about the future of politics.

She said: “It’s great that so many people chose to exercise their political right to vote.

“I’m thrilled that we got the ‘No’ result that we wanted.

“I strongly believe it’s the best way to protect Scotland’s stability, security, to protect jobs and the country’s future prosperity.

She added: “Now that we have the result we need to go on to the next stage of the constitutional journey and I am very confident the extra powers will come in an agreement across all three main parties.”