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PICTURES: Election night drama for Aberdeenshire North and Moray East relived


By Alan Beresford

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Seamus Logan (left) and Douglas Ross await the result declaration by returning officer Jim Savage. Picture: Beth Taylor
Seamus Logan (left) and Douglas Ross await the result declaration by returning officer Jim Savage. Picture: Beth Taylor

WITH the dust settling on an eventful election count for the new constituency of Aberdeenshire North and Moray East, here are some reminders in pictures of what was a dramatic evening.

Douglas Ross congratulates the SNP’s Seamus Logan on his victory. Picture: Beth Taylor
Douglas Ross congratulates the SNP’s Seamus Logan on his victory. Picture: Beth Taylor

An EXIT poll just after the polls closed at 10pm seemed to hold out little hope of victory for the SNP’s Seamus Logan, giving him a meagre one per cent chance against fellow frontrunner Douglas Ross, the former Moray MP and outgoing Scottish Conservative party leader, who was given a 99 per cent of winning.

(From left) Ian Bailey (Liberal Democrats), Jo Hart (Reform UK), Seamus Logan (SNP) and Douglas Ross (Conservative) all wait for the announcement. Picture: Beth Taylor
(From left) Ian Bailey (Liberal Democrats), Jo Hart (Reform UK), Seamus Logan (SNP) and Douglas Ross (Conservative) all wait for the announcement. Picture: Beth Taylor

Fate and the EXIT poll were to deliver the cruellest of ironies to Mr Ross - in the 2019 election it was predicted he had just a one per cent chance of claiming the Moray seat, which he went on to do.

The P&J Live centre in Aberdeen was the venue for the count, where ballots from a total of five seats across Aberdeen and the north-east were tallied.

A newly-arrived ballot box is emptied onto a counting table. Picture: Beth Taylor
A newly-arrived ballot box is emptied onto a counting table. Picture: Beth Taylor
A total of five constituency counts took place at the P&J Live in Aberdeen. Picture: Beth Taylor
A total of five constituency counts took place at the P&J Live in Aberdeen. Picture: Beth Taylor
Painstakingly counting the tens of thousands of ballot papers. Picture: Beth Taylor
Painstakingly counting the tens of thousands of ballot papers. Picture: Beth Taylor
Douglas Ross arrives at the count with his wife, Krystle. Picture: Beth Taylor
Douglas Ross arrives at the count with his wife, Krystle. Picture: Beth Taylor
Banffshire and Buchan Coast SNP MSP Karen Adam celebrates as Seamus Logan is announced as the new MP for Aberdeen North and Moray East. Picture: Beth Taylor
Banffshire and Buchan Coast SNP MSP Karen Adam celebrates as Seamus Logan is announced as the new MP for Aberdeen North and Moray East. Picture: Beth Taylor
Seamus Logan celebrates his election as the new MP for Aberdeen North and Moray East constituency with his wife Anne. Picture: Beth Taylor
Seamus Logan celebrates his election as the new MP for Aberdeen North and Moray East constituency with his wife Anne. Picture: Beth Taylor
Returning officer Jim Savege. Picture: Beth Taylor
Returning officer Jim Savege. Picture: Beth Taylor

Meanwhile, over in the Moray West, Nairn and Strathspey constituency - which contains the western half of the former Moray seat - there was a nail-biting victory for the SNP’s Graham Leadbitter. His haul of 14,961 votes was enough to see off his Tory challenger Kathleen Robertson, who polled 13,960.

Labour comfortably took third sport with 8259 ballots. There was a tussle for fourth, the Liberal Democrats’ Neil Alexander edging out Steve Skerret from Reform UK by 3785 votes to 3490.

Green candidate Draeyk Van Der Horn finished the night with 1676 votes and, bringing up the rear, was Euan Morrice from the Scottish Family Party on 423.


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