General Election 2019: Gavin Newlands and Mhairi Black re-elected in Renfrewshire General Election 2019: Gavin Newlands and Mhairi Black re-elected in Renfrewshire
Gavin Newlands has been re-elected as MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North and Mhairi Black re-elected as the MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South.... General Election 2019: Gavin Newlands and Mhairi Black re-elected in Renfrewshire

Gavin Newlands has been re-elected as MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North and Mhairi Black re-elected as the MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South.

In Paisley and Renfrewshire North, 49,835 votes were cast, a 69.2 per cent turnout. In Paisley and Renfrewshire South, there were 43,217 votes cast, a 67.1 per cent turnout.

Returning Officer Sandra Black, Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Council, announced the results in the early hours of Friday at the Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley.

The election count involved more than 300 staff, counting the contents of 167 ballot boxes and 46 postal ballot boxes.

59 polling places containing 167 stations across Renfrewshire had been open from 7am until 10pm and included various venues such as schools, community centres, churches and a bowling club.

Gavin Newlands, said: “Thank you to all across Paisley and Renfrewshire North for re-electing me as your MP – and to every single voter in the constituency who exercised their democratic right and had their say in where Renfrewshire and Scotland goes now.

“No matter how you voted yesterday I am here to represent you and assist you. If you need my help as your MP it makes no odds which party you support – my team and I will do our best on your behalf.

“Last night’s results across Renfrewshire, Scotland, and the UK showed how we are now on a different path from that taken by the Tories down south.

“Boris Johnson and the Tories secured an overall majority and will be the UK Government in the coming years. In Scotland we overwhelmingly rejected their extremism, their isolationism, and their arrogance. We don’t need their brand of politics, and we certainly didn’t vote for it.”

He added: “The Prime Minister of the UK hides in fridges to avoid questions. I don’t think we deserve such cowardice and arrogance. Scotland deserves a better future than the prospect of another 5 years with the Tories trying to drive us over a cliff.

“Scotland voted last night for the opportunity to chose a different future. In my opinion we must seize that chance and begin our transition to an independent country, free from the circus that now seems destined to rule the UK into the future.”

Mhairi Black thanked her support, she said: “I want to give a shout out to the best team anyone could ever ask for. Some of the most committed and patient people I know. Their support and advice keeps me going.

“‪I’m also heartbroken not to be returning to Westminster with the unbelievably talented  Stephen Gethins. A huge loss, but I know he’s going to thrive wherever he goes next. ‬

‪”I also want, one last time, to give a massive thank you to every person who stuffed a letter, chapped a door, or delivered a leaflet this campaign. Campaigning in winter is hard going and I’m so so grateful to you all. The hard work paid off and Renfrewshire is still yellow.”

Derek Mackay, MSP for Renfrewshire North and West, said: “I am thrilled with the result in Renfrewshire, it is great to see both Gavin Newlands and Mhairi Black re-elected to their constituencies, both with increased majorities, to continue their hard work.

The good news doesn’t stop there though, last nights results were extremely positive across Scotland and once again, the Scottish people have proven that we want a different path from a bankrupt Brexit Britain. Boris Johnson has increased his majority across the UK as a whole but not in Scotland. The Scottish people have unequivocally voted against his reckless right-wing regime yet we are now facing an even harsher Tory government that we didn’t vote for and who are intent on ignoring Scotland.

“However, we do have a chance, a renewed, refreshed mandate. This is not about asking Boris Johnson or any other Westminster politician for permission, the Scottish people provided this when they cast their votes on Thursday. That is why the Scottish Government will next week publish the detailed democratic case for a transfer of power to enable a referendum to be progressed. It is time to take control.”