The north-east’s winning election candidates today give Evening Express readers their thoughts on a hard-fought campaign, the dramatic result – and the issues facing their communities.
Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid:
I am delighted and honoured to have been returned as the member of parliament for Banff and Buchan.
We entered this campaign with a very clear message to oppose a second Scottish independence referendum and to get Brexit sorted.
The people of Banff and Buchan responded by granting me an increased majority from 2017 and 50% of the vote.
With a majority Conservative government in Westminster, we can now move forward and deliver on the result of the 2016 EU referendum.
I have always said Brexit presents a huge opportunity for our fishing industry – but also the chance to create a fairer funding system for Scottish farmers and to boost exports.
It was a difficult night for the Scottish Conservatives – despite huge success south of the border. And unfortunately, we now have Nicola Sturgeon back demanding another referendum.
I will always stand up for Scotland’s place in the union and the huge benefits that come from being part of the UK.