SNP John Nicholson Wins Ochil and South Perthshire

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With a majority of 4,498, the Scottish National Party candidate John Nicholson is the new Member of Parliament for the Ochil and South Perthshire constituency.

In an election campaign too close to call until the result was declared, the results show a change of 11 points towards the SNP compared to the 2017 result.  This is almost the same as the change of 11 points away from the Labour results of 2017.  Does this show tactical voting or a drop in the support for the Labour party locally?

Mr Nicholson was previously the MP for East Dunbartonshire before losing his seat to Liberal Democrat Jo Swinson.  On the announcement of a General Election he was drafted in as the candidate for Ochil and South Perthshire. 

Having made a gaffe at the Alloa hustings by forgetting just where he was and what constituency he was standing for, Mr Nicholson will immediately be under close scrutiny by those he represents.  It is to be hoped that now he has been elected he will focus on the local issues to ensure local representation.

The Ochil and South Perthshire constituency covers a large and varied area from Alloa with its industrial heritage to the large estates of Perthshire back to the predominately agricultural Kinross.  There are very different requirements for the different areas of the constituency and any Member of Parliament will have a fine line to walk to ensure they represent them all.

We look forward to hearing from Mr Nicholson on his thoughts on the local issues in the Auchterarder and the surrounding area.

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