Worrying times for LibDems after euro poll results

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The Scottish National Party (SNP) topped the polls in East Dunbartonshire and Stirling in last week’s European elections.

And while it was good news for the Nats, there was gloom for the Liberal Democrats, whose vote crashed.

The LibDems came fourth in East Dunbartonshire and sixth in Stirling, beneath the Scottish Green Party and the right-wing UK Independence Party (UKIP).

This was mirrored in a collapse of the party’s vote nationally.

The results will make grim reading for LibDem East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson, who is defending a marginal constituency at next year’s Westminster General Election.

Milngavie SNP MP Gil Paterson said: “I am delighted that the SNP won the poll in East Dunbartonshire.

“This shows that people really believe in an independent Scotland having a strong voice within Europe and it recognises that we will always put Scotland’s interests first.

“I thank everyone for putting their trust in us. The SNP came first in 16 of Scotland’s local authority areas and this demonstrates a vote of confidence in the Scottish Government.”

Ms Swinson was not available for comment.

The poll amongst the major parties in East Dunbartonshire saw the SNP take 8,134 votes, followed by Labour on 7,475, the Conservatives on 5,401, the LibDems on 4,500, UKIP on 3,148 and the Greens on 2,405.

A total of 31,639 out of a potential 81,290 cast votes - a percentage of 38.44.

In Stirling - which includes Balfron, Killearn, Strathblane and Fintry - the SNP polled 7,258, Labour 5,651, the Tories 5,568, the Greens 2,460, UKIP 2,201 and the LibDems 1,435.

The turnout was 38.1 per cent - 25,254 votes cast out of a possible 66,704.