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General Election 2019: Hatrick for Kirsty Blackman as she holds Aberdeen North for the third time in four years

The SNP’s Kirsty Blackman was victorious again in Aberdeen North – for the third time in four years.

Ms Blackman, who was elected as part of the nationalist wave of 2015 and won again in 2017, retained the city seat with an hugely increased majority – winning 20,205 votes compared to 15,170 last time around.

She was defending a majority of 4,139 – making Aberdeen North one of the party’s safer seats.

Conservative Ryan Houghton, who was suspended from the party near the start of the campaign over allegations of anti-Semitism in online posts eight years ago, still managed to get 7,535 votes – pushing Labour into third place.

However he was not present for the declaration last night.

Meanwhile Labour’s Nurul Ali could not reach the 11,031 votes taken by Orr Vinegold for the party two years ago, reaching just 4,939 in what was formerly a Labour stronghold for decades.

Liberal Democrat candidate Isobel Davidson, a councillor for Ellon, polled 2,846 with her strong anti-Brexit message beating her previous 1,693 showing in 2017.

Ms Blackman, a former councillor in the city, said her victory showed the feeling against Tory austerity and vowed to serve the constituency.

She said: “I think it is very clear that people are absolutely rejecting Tory austerity, they are rejecting Brexit and they are supporting the progressive policies of the SNP.

“We have done a huge amount of work in Aberdeen North to try and help people and I think that has had an impact as well.”

Mr Ali said: “I went into this election believing I could win. It is very saddening for me.

“I don’t think the fall in Labour votes is directly connected to Jeremy Corbyn. I can’t say.”

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