SNP makes history as Arkless takes region’s seat

SNP candidate Richard Arkless took 23,440 votes to become Dumfries and Galloway’s new MP in the general election last night (Thursday).

MP Russell Brown, who has held the seat since it was created 10 years ago, took 13,982 votes and became emotional in making his farewell speech. Conservative candidate Finlay Carson came in with 16,926 votes.

Outgoing MP Russell Brown couldn't hide his emotion

Outgoing MP Russell Brown couldn't hide his emotion

UKIP managed to gather 1,301 votes and Lib Dem Andrew Metcalf was given 953.

The total number of votes cast in the region was 56,668 – a 75.2% turnout. Of the votes cast, 58 were voided for uncertainty while eight were rejected formarking more than one candidate.

As history was made across the country with 56 of the possible 59 SNP seats being taken by the party, uncertainty remained over the UK picture until late into the morning, when it looked like David Cameron was set to take a majority.

Richard Arkless, the region's new SNP MP, celebrates victory with wife Anne

Richard Arkless, the region's new SNP MP, celebrates victory with wife Anne