Edinburgh at the polls
Edinburgh at the polls
NEW Tory Prime Minister David Cameron and his Liberal Democrat deputy Nick Clegg were today putting together Britain's first coalition government for 70 years.
A FRESH round of talks aimed at forging a coalition to run the country was due to get under way today, with hopes that a new government could be in place by tonight.
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SCOTTISH Tories are moving out of their plush headquarters in Princes Street after the end of a rent-free deal with millionaire benefactor Irvine Laidlaw.
COALITION talks between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats resumed today amid warnings from the grassroots of both parties against giving too much ground.
PRIME Minister Gordon Brown made a direct overture to Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg today, offering immediate legislation on a referendum on electoral reform in return for a deal which could keep him in Downing Street.
A FEW months ago, the Tories were going to win the election with a comfortable majority. A few weeks ago, the Lib Dems were set to secure a massive swing in their favour.
THE CONTROVERSY over Jim Devine's expenses had little impact in Livingston as former West Lothian Council leader Graeme Morrice stormed to victory for Labour.
A DEFLATED Nick Clegg addressing supporters in his Sheffield Hallam constituency: "We simply didn't achieve what we hoped."
MICHAEL Connarty made it a double for Labour in West Lothian with a triumphant win over the SNP in Linlithgow & Falkirk East to equal colleague Graeme Morrice's Livingston victory.
PERHAPS it was the stink of stale sweat expended during the campaign, or the reek of so many politicians in one room at the same time. Maybe it was fear that gains expected would fail to materialise. Whatever it was, there was a definite whiff of something rather unpleasant in the air of Meadowbank's Hall 1 last night.
EVEN though nobody likes a smarty pants, in the Evening News on Wednesday past I told readers that even before polling stations had opened, we knew that the elections conducted on each side of the Border were different, reflecting the different politics, economies and attitudes of Scotland and England.
LABOUR supporters in Edinburgh were jubilant today after holding on to two city seats they feared were about to be lost to the Liberal Democrats.
WAVERING voters made a last-minute decision to stick with Labour to keep out the Tories, a defeated SNP candidate claimed.
SMALLER parties lost out in the election because of fear, according to Peter McColl, co-convener of the Green Party in Edinburgh.
SHEILA Gilmore, the newly elected MP for Edinburgh East – the first seat to be called at the Meadowbank count at around 2:50am – could barely see over the podium to thank her agent, colleagues and family, given her diminutive height.
GLASGOW'S election declarations descended into chaos after candidates refused to make speeches on the same platform as the BNP when the result was announced.
NEW East Lothian MP Fiona O'Donnell led Labour to a decisive win despite being parachuted in just one month ago after the ousting of Anne Moffat.
LEGAL challenges are set to be launched over results in several seats in England, after voters were unable to cast their ballots due to huge queues, low staff numbers and a shortage of ballot papers.
IN Midlothian, Labour's David Hamilton, 59, won with 18,449 votes, up 1.5 per cent on 2005.
GREEN Party MSP for the Lothians Robin Harper said he wept "tears of joy" on seeing the party's first MP elected.