Shetland byelection: Liberal Democrats retain Scottish parliament seat | Politics

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The Liberal Democrats have held on to win the Shetland byelection despite a high-profile SNP campaign to win the Holyrood constituency.

Beatrice Wishart was elected as the new MSP for the area, succeeding Tavish Scott who resigned.

He had held the seat since the Scottish Parliament was created in 1999, but stood down in June to take on a new post with Scottish Rugby.

Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP campaigned hard in a bid to win the seat, with the first minister visiting the islands on several occasions.

But the Liberal Democrats held on, with Wishart now elected to Holyrood.

Full results

Beatrice Wishart (LD) 5,659 (47.86%, -19.52%)
Tom Wills (SNP) 3,822 (32.32%, +9.27%)
Ryan Thomson (Ind) 1,286 (10.88%)
Brydon Goodlad (C) 425 (3.59%, -0.07%)
Debra Nicolson (Green) 189 (1.60%)
Johan Adamson (Lab Co-op) 152 (1.29%, -4.61%)
Michael Stout (Ind) 134 (1.13%)
Ian Scott (ND) 66 (0.56%)
Stuart Martin (UKIP) 60 (0.51%)
Peter Tait (Ind) 31 (0.26%)
LD maj 1,837 (15.54%)
14.40% swing LD to SNP
Electorate 17,810; Turnout 11,824 (66.39%, +4.31%)
2016: LD maj 4,895 (44.33%) – Turnout 11,041 (62.08%)
Scott (LD) 7,440 (67.39%); Skene (SNP) 2,545 (23.05%); Barton (Lab) 651 (5.90%); Smith (C) 405 (3.67%)

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