FINAL RESULT CON MAJORITY
Conservatives win election for a second term with 12-seat majority

Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale & Tweeddale

Parliamentary constituency
CON HOLD

Results

Conservative
(CON)
, with candidate David Mundell
, have the following results:
  • 20,759 total votes taken.
  • 39.8% share of the total vote
  • +1.8% change in share of the votes
Scottish National Party
(SNP)
, with candidate Emma Harper
, have the following results:
  • 19,961 total votes taken.
  • 38.3% share of the total vote
  • +27.5% change in share of the votes
Labour
(LAB)
, with candidate Archie Dryburgh
, have the following results:
  • 7,711 total votes taken.
  • 14.8% share of the total vote
  • -14.1% change in share of the votes
UKIP
(UKIP)
, with candidate Kevin Newton
, have the following results:
  • 1,472 total votes taken.
  • 2.8% share of the total vote
  • +1.4% change in share of the votes
Liberal Democrat
(LD)
, with candidate Amanda Kubie
, have the following results:
  • 1,392 total votes taken.
  • 2.7% share of the total vote
  • -17.1% change in share of the votes
Green Party
(GRN)
, with candidate Jody Jamieson
, have the following results:
  • 839 total votes taken.
  • 1.6% share of the total vote
  • +0.5% change in share of the votes

Change compared with 2010

CON majority: 798 1.5%
Turnout
76.1%

Vote share

Party %
CON 39.8
SNP 38.3
LAB 14.8
UKIP 2.8
LD 2.7
GRN 1.6

Vote share change since 2010

-%
+%
SNP
+27.5
CON
+1.8
UKIP
+1.4
GRN
+0.5
LAB
-14.1
LD
-17.1

Latest updates Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale & Tweeddale

Yesterday 08.05.2015

10:01

Mundell holds on but SNP oust two

Conservative David Mundell holds his south of Scotland seat but Labour's Russell Brown and Lib Dem Michael Moore are ousted by the SNP.
08:37

Night of high drama

Colin Colthart
BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries
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So a night of high drama which saw David Mundell, Scotland's only Tory MP, cling on to the Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale seat by the narrowest of margins.

As the polls predicted, his main challenge came from the SNP as Labour's support collapsed.

At points during the count it looked as if it could go either way. The nationalist's candidate - Emma Harper - a nurse by profession - eventually finishing just 798 votes adrift of the Tory incumbent now returned to Westminster for a third term in office.

The Dumfries and Galloway constituency, meanwhile, witnessed a major political shake up which brought the 18-year parliamentary career of Labour's Russell Brown to an end.

He was a victim of the so-called SNP tsunami which swept across Scotland overnight.

The nationalist's candidate - Stranraer-born lawyer and businessman Richard Arkless - polled almost 23,500 votes, not just winning the seat, but forcing Russell Brown into third behind the Conservatives' Finlay Carson.

05:15

Conservative David Gordon Mundell retains seat in Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale & Tweeddale

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David Gordon Mundell

Since 2005, David Mundell has been the only Conservative Member of Parliament representing a Scottish constituency at Westminster.

05:11

@BBCsarahsmith

Sarah Smith
BBC Scotland news
tweet

Tweets: Scotland's only Tory MP holds on. So now one lab, one LD and one Tory. Could we see one more Tory in Scotland yet?

05:00

@TimReidBBC

Tim Reid
Political correspondent, BBC News
tweet

Tweets: David Mundell retains his Tory seat in Dumfriesshire Clydesdale and Tweeddale - possibly Scottish Secretary?

04:57
Breaking

Conservative hold

00:04

@WillieJ1958

Willie Johnston
BBC Scotland
tweet

Tweets: The BBC team at the Dumfries election counts. Waiting for things to heat up I think they might be about to. #GE2015

BBC Team
BBC Team

28.04.2015

17:01

Election 2015: Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale debate

BBC Scotland's Willie Johnston chairs a debate from Moffat in the Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale constituency.

03.04.2015

15:44

Moffat debate audience sought

Audience members are being sought for a BBC Radio Scotland hustings debate in Moffat in Dumfries and Galloway ahead of the General Election.

02.04.2015

09:35

Mapping the opinion polls

Explore a map of constituency polling in the run-up to the 2015 general election.
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Constituency profile

Gretna Green - the Borders village historically favoured as a wedding venue for couples eloping from England - is one of the more well-known parts of Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale. Most people in this seat live in villages and towns such as Moffat, surrounded by large areas of farmland.

The western part of the constituency has ties to old industry including opencast mining and traditional knitwear manufacturing, which is in decline. Tourism is also important, and the Old Blacksmith's Shop and Centre at Gretna Green is one of Scotland's most visited free attractions. Elsewhere in the seat, the town of Lockerbie has become synonymous with the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988 - the UK's worst terrorist atrocity.

The constituency was held in 2010 by Scotland's only Conservative MP, David Mundell, with a 4,194-vote majority.