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Sheridan's time at Holyrood over
Tommy Sheridan
Tommy Sheridan vowed his political career was not over
Firebrand Socialist Tommy Sheridan's Scottish Parliament career has ended after he failed to win a seat.

The Solidarity leader lost out in the vote for the Glasgow region, which saw four SNP MSPs elected, including the first Asian MSP, Bashir Ahmad.

The Scottish Liberal Democrats, Tories and Greens each won one seat.

Mr Sheridan said he would now turn to building up the profile of Solidarity, with a view to making a return to Holyrood at the next election.

"It wasn't enough and that's just life," said Mr Sheridan.

"It's very disappointing. There's no sour grapes, we fought a hard campaign, we had eight months in existence and we've certainly scored the largest Socialist vote in Glasgow."

Mr Sheridan, who formed his left wing party after splitting with the Scottish Socialists, won a high-profile libel victory over the News of the World newspaper last year after it printed allegations about his sex life.

Bashir Ahmad
Nationalist Bashir Ahmad has become Holyrood's first Asian MSP

"(Sometimes) in life you have to take on fights which you can't necessarily pick," he added.

Mr Sheridan's former SSP colleague Rosie Kane also failed to get back in.

Elsewhere on the Glasgow list, Sandra White, Bob Doris and Bill Kidd won seats for the Nationalists.

Robert Brown will also return to Holyrood for the Lib Dems, as will Bill Aitken for the Tories and Patrick Harvie for the Scottish Greens.

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