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SNP win Arbroath and Broughty Ferry in close election battle

Stephen Gethins took the Arbroath and Broughty Ferry seat while Dave Doogan won Angus and Perthshire Glens.

Thumbs up from new Arbroath and Broughty Ferry MP Stephen Gethins as the 2024 general election result was announced. Image: Paul Reid
Thumbs up from new Arbroath and Broughty Ferry MP Stephen Gethins as the 2024 general election result was announced. Image: Paul Reid

The SNP have won the Arbroath and Broughty Ferry seat after a tight election battle.

Stephen Gethins secured the new seat for the nationalists, with 15,581 votes.

He narrowly defeated Labour’s Cheryl-Ann Cruickshank who received 14,772 votes from a turnout of 58.15%.

Meanwhile, the SNP’s Dave Doogan held onto Angus and Perthshire Glens, receiving 19,142 votes in Thursday’s poll

Dave Doogan with an SNP rosette on
Dave Doogan. Image: Paul Reid

Both results from the newly-formed seats were declared at the Saltire Centre in Arbroath in the early hours of Friday morning.

The Courier has been monitoring all of the seats across Scotland and you can see the full results on our election tracker.

Mr Gethins said: “I’m extraordinarily grateful to everyone who voted for me and the volunteers who worked so hard to ensure this election victory, but most of all to the people who put their trust in me.

“It is now my job to represent everyone in this constituency to the best of my ability.”

A smiling Stephen Gethins at a podium
Stephen Gethins.

“It has been a challenging night for the SNP and it’s now important that the party listens and reflects.

“The UK faces significant challenges like austerity, the cost of living crisis and Brexit, which we will challenge the new Labour government on. There will be no knee-jerk reactions from me tonight, but the party has had a challenging night, which is important to reflect on.”

What happened in Arbroath and Broughty Ferry?

Mr Gethins will be the first MP to represent the new Arbroath and Broughty Ferry seat.

There was a turnout of 58.15% and 44,277 in the new constituency, which encompasses much of the former Dundee East seat.

Stephen Gethins at the Angus count.
Stephen Gethins at the Angus count. Image: Paul Reid

The SNP had held Dundee East since 2005, with the retiring Stewart Hosie sitting on a comfortable majority of 13,375.

Conservative candidate Richard Brooks came in third place, with 6,841 votes.

What were results in Angus and Perthshire Glens?

In Angus and the Perthshire Glens, Dave Doogan held on for the SNP.

He held the previous Angus constituency since 2019 with a majority of 3,795.

He will now be the MP for a larger constituency which includes large parts of Angus and north Perthshire.

Mr Doogan said: “No one on that ballot paper knows the communities across Angus and the Perthshire Glens as well as I do, as someone from Perthshire and having represented Angus.

“I’ve also demonstrated having represented Angus over the past five years that I’m a very mobile and energetic MP.

“I don’t spend all my time down at Westminster and spend an awful lot of time speaking to people in the constituency.

“I’m part of a team and I’ve led the campaign from the front, but I can’t take away from the team that’s behind me.

“It’s a great privilege that my majority is bigger now than it was in 2019.

“And that’s against the backdrop of what is happening to the SNP more broadly.”

In the former Perth and North Perthshire seat the SNP had also held a majority of 7,550 from the 2019 election.

Dave Doogan. Image: Paul Reid

The Conservative candidate Stephen Kerr came in second place, receiving 14,272 votes.

In third place was Labour candidate Elizabeth Carr-Ellis with 6,799 votes.

And in fourth was Liberal Democrats candidate Claire McLaren with 3,456 votes, followed by Reform’s Kenneth Morton on 3,246.

Angus and Perthshire Glens Tory candidate Stephen Kerr. Image: PA.
Angus and Perthshire Glens Conservative candidate Stephen Kerr. Image: PA.

Mr Kerr has been a Scottish Conservatives MSP for Central Scotland since the 2021 Scottish elections.

He was born in Dundee and raised in Forfar, attending Forfar Academy.

He was also previously the MP for Stirling between 2017 and 2020.

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