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Scot Labour MSPs Defeated by SNPs

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TEHRAN, May 6 (ICANA) – Nine Labour MSPs have lost their constituency seats since 1999 to the Scotland National Party (SNP) in the Thursday parliamentary election.
Friday, May 06, 2011 7:34:12 PM
Scot Labour MSPs Defeated by SNPs

The former Health Minister Andy Kerr, Finance Minister Tom McCabe, Tourism, Culture and Sport Minister Frank McAveety and Transport Minister Sarah Boyack lost their seats to the Scotland National Party's candidates.

Pauline McNeill, Karen Whitefield and Karen Gillon, Cathie Craigie and Irene Oldfather should also step down as they have been beaten by the nationalist's members.

SNP has put an end to the domination of Labour MSPs in Scotland since the last Scottish parliamentary election in 2007.

Iain Gray, the Scottish Labour leader, blamed the loss of his party members to the SNP in the early counts on a "complete collapse of the Liberal Democrat vote moving across to the SNP."

Regarding the loss of former ministers Tom McCabe and Andy Kerr, the Scottish Labour leader said, "It is very disappointing - two very, very good colleagues who will be a great loss to the Scottish Parliament, that is for sure."

"What we are seeing is complete and utter collapse of the Lib Dem vote and significant loss in the Tory vote and that is coalescing with the SNP.”

"We have fought a very hard campaign over six weeks around what I think is the issue that voters believe is most important - jobs and growing the economy," he added.

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