MSP speaks of her hopes for the north-east
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Speaking following her election as an MSP, Karen Adams has expressed her hopes for the constituency
"This year has been exceptionally difficult in many ways, the campaign has been like no other and challenged us to be pragmatic and come up with alternative ways to get our message out to voters.
"I of course have to thank my family for their support and my opponents for a respectable campaign in challenging times.
"My first priority is to help guide the constituency safely through this pandemic and I know that if Nicola Sturgeon is re-elected First Minister it will be her first priority too.
"We will get to work immediately to support our health and social care services who are still on the front line and we need to continue to support our businesses and industry in Banff and Buchan coast who have suffered in this down turn in particular our fishing sector.
"I am elated with this win and I am so grateful to the people of Banffshire and Buchan for putting their trust in me to be their representative MSP.
"I really do feel that this is a seat that perhaps the Tories should have been able to walk in terms of their Brexit deal but this shows that that has been absolutely rejected.
"They did not win this seat and their deal is an absolute failure and the people are calling out to the SNP for responsible leadership through this pandemic and of course to have their choice on whether to have an independent Scotland."
On the lower majority she said: "I was not particularly surprise at the margin, I am a new candidate and it has been really difficult throughout the pandemic.
"Normally our strength is getting out there, chapping doors and getting to know people and getting the word out so we have been relying on social media and such like so I think we had done well.
’There are lot of things it could be attributed to, if Brexit had been a fantastic deal the tories would have walked this in this are but they have not.
She also took the opportunity to sign a thanks to her father who is deaf: " I feel that the deaf are often left behind, it is a world that is very much set up for hearing people from as a young girl I have grown up being an advocate for my dad and for those with additional support needs.
"He has been a supported since the late 60s.
"I signed to thank him for the importance of support he has given me and also for the support to others as no one should be left behind."
On the future she added: "Talking to people we will be focusing on recovery from the pandemic first and on my council role I am talking to the people I need to see what the situation is."