JOHN Pentland has been elected as the new MSP for Motherwell and Wishaw.
Mr Pentland edged out SNP opponent, fellow Wishaw councillor, Clare Adamson by under 600 votes, knocking almost 5,500 off the previous majority.
However, he was thrilled to be going to Edinburgh regardless of the result.
He said: “It doesn’t matter whether it came down to one vote or 10,000 the result was all that matters and it is a dream come true to have been elected.
“There is no doubt my life will change now, but I welcome the challenge and I will be working hard for the people of Motherwell and Wishaw who once again proclaimed they are still for Labour and will remain so.”
Prior to the election Mr Pentland worked for Motherwell and Wishaw MP Frank Roy who backed his former employee to do well at Parliament.
He said: “I know he’ll do a fantastic job.”
Mrs Adamson is also on her way to Holyrood after being elected on the Central Scotland regional list.
She said: “The margin between myself and John Pentland was unbelievable.
“The best we have ever polled in Motherwell and Wishaw before was 29 per cent, to beat that was just a spectacular result.
“Being ninth on the regional list realistically I never expected to be elected this way, but I am absolutely delighted it happened and it just topped off a fabulous day.”
Full election round-up in May 12 edition of Times & Speaker