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North East and Northern Isles political map unchanged

Clockwise from top left: Anne Begg, Alistair Carmichael, Eilidh Whiteford, Sir Robert Smith, Malcolm Bruce, Angus Robertson and Frank Doran
Clockwise from top left: Anne Begg, Alistair Carmichael, Eilidh Whiteford, Sir Robert Smith, Malcolm Bruce, Angus Robertson and Frank Doran

The political map in the North East and Northern Isles has remained virtually unchanged after the general election.

The only new face is the SNP's Eilidh Whiteford in Banff and Buchan - replacing First Minister Alex Salmond.

Labour's Anne Begg and Frank Doran held Aberdeen South and North, with the SNP's Angus Robertson holding Moray.

Lib Dems Sir Robert Smith, Malcolm Bruce and Alistair Carmichael held the West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, Gordon and Orkney and Shetland seats.

Mr Salmond stood down as Banff and Buchan SNP MP at this general election.

Aberdeen South was a seat the Lib Dems and Conservatives both claimed they could win.

However Anne Begg - elected for a fourth term - doubled her majority, with Lib Dem candidate John Sleigh second, and Amanda Harvie of the Conservatives in third place.

Anne Begg signs
Labour's Anne Begg held off the Lib Dem and Conservative challenge

In Aberdeen North, Frank Doran polled more than 45% of the vote.

Banff and Buchan has been held by the SNP since 1987, and despite the departure from the Westminster scene of Mr Salmond, that stayed the same.

Ms Whiteford beat the Conservative candidate Jimmy Buchan, who appeared in the BBC television series Trawlermen.

Another Conservative target was West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, but Tory Alex Johnstone could only narrow the gap on Lib Dem Sir Robert Smith.

Lib Dem Malcolm Bruce returned as the MP for Gordon for a seventh term, with a reduced majority.

In Moray, the SNP's Angus Robertson was elected for the third time.

The Lib Dems' Alistair Carmichael held the Orkney and Shetland seat with more than 60% of the vote.

The British National Party increased its share of the vote across the North East, but the Green Party had mixed fortunes.

Full details can be found at the BBC Scotland news website's constituency page.



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