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WATCH: Moment Gordon MP Richard Thomson loses knife-edge Gordon and Buchan race to Conservative Harriet Cross


By Lewis McBlane

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ELECTION count footage shows Conservative Harriet Cross beating incumbent MP Richard Thomson (SNP) in the race to represent Gordon and Buchan.

New MP for Gordon and Buchan, Conservative Harriet Cross, at the count...Picture: Beth Taylor
New MP for Gordon and Buchan, Conservative Harriet Cross, at the count...Picture: Beth Taylor

Chartered surveyor Ms Cross beat Mr Thomson by just 878 votes, as part of a race described by the exit poll at 10pm as “too close to call”.

During the constituency’s declaration at 5.53am this morning (July 5) in Aberdeen, gathered Tory activists were seen punching the air in celebration.

In his effort to win the successor to his Gordon seat, Ms Thomson took home 13,540 votes, to the 14,418 votes of Ms Cross.

The new MP praised her predecessor in her speech, and pledged to work hard for the local community.

Turnout in the seat was slightly above the national average, at 63.5 per cent.

Third to Ms Cross and Mr Thomson, Scottish Liberal Democrat Conrad James Wood received 7307 votes, 16.6 per cent of the turnout.

While Nurul Hoque Ali, Scottish Labour Party candidate, received 10.6 per cent of the vote (4686) and Reform UK’s Kris Callander had 3897 votes (8.8 per cent) to retain his deposit.


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