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Labour holds Rutherglen and Hamilton West

Tom Greatrex
Tom Greatrex was a former adviser to Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy

Labour have held the Rutherglen and Hamilton West seat in the first general election result to be announced in Scotland.

Tom Greatrex won the seat with 28,566 votes, a majority of 21,002.

The former advisor to Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy replaces Tommy McAvoy, who stood down after 23 years.

An exit poll has predicted a hung parliament, with the Conservatives the largest party but still short of an overall Commons majority.

The returning officer said 47,072 votes had been cast in Rutherglen & Hamilton West, which meant a turnout of 61.89%.

Labour got 60.8% of the vote, with a 1.5% swing from the SNP to Labour. The Lib Dems went from second to third.

In 2005, Labour won the seat with a majority of 16,112.

Labour also held two neighbouring seats which were the second and third to declare in Scotland.

Frank Roy held Motherwell & Wishaw with a 16,806 majority, while Michael McCann held East Kilbride, Strathaven & Lesmahagow.



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