LABOUR have suffered a devastating blow in elections to the Scottish Parliament - losing BOTH their sitting MSPs in the Milngavie and Bearsden area.
Des McNulty, who had been at Holyrood since 1999, lost to the SNP’s Gil Paterson. Mr Paterson, who had previously been a West of Scotland List MSP, gained 12,278 votes to Mr McNulty’s 11,546, the Nationalists securing a majority of 714 on a 6.6 per cent swing.
In Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Labour’s David Whitton lost to the SNP’s Fiona McLeod. Mrs McLeod took 14,258 votes to Mr Whitton’s 12,456 - a majority of 1,802 on a 7.7 per cent swing.
Both Mr McNulty and Mr Whitton had been touted as possible Labour leadership replacements for Iain Gray - who managed to cling onto his seat in what was a disasterous night for his party across the country.
A string of high profile and long serving Labour figures fell and the SNP are now on course to form a majority government.
The LibDem vote collapsed across Scotland - in line with the party’s slump in local elections in England.
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Clydebank and Milngavie
Gil Paterson (SNP) 12,278
Des McNulty (Labour) 11,564
Alice Struthers (Con) 2,758
John Duncan (LibDem) 1,769
Strathkelvin and Bearsden
Fiona McLeod (SNP) 14,258
David Whitton (Labour) 12,456
Stephanie Fraser (Cons) 4,438
Gordon Macdonald (LibDem) 2,600