Thatâ€™s it Foulkes…
Saturday, May 5th, 2007 @ 1:18PM
Itâ€™s 2pm on Saturday afternoon and Iâ€™m sat in my favourite coffee shop reading through the papers. I went to bed at 8pm last night after being up for 38 hours and woke up at midday today so Iâ€™m a little behind in terms of the news. What an election! I donâ€™t think anyone predicted that it would be this close!
So the SNP have the largest number of seats, Labour have dropped down 4 to 46, the Tories are now the 3rd largest party in Scotland with 17 and the Lib Dems are down to 16 despite a big win in Dunfermline West.
Sarahâ€™s back in the parliament which Iâ€™m obviously absolutely ecstatic about - especially as her results appears to buck the trend across Scotland. Iâ€™m also pleased to see George Foulkes elected on the Lothians List and canâ€™t think of two better champions for the capital city.
Iâ€™ve got a million and one blogs I want to write about these elections, so while Iâ€™m working on those I want to blog briefly about what I think should happen next and my highlights.
What should Labour do next? Thereâ€™s a lot of discussion to be had yet about coalitions and Iâ€™m very much of the mindset that everyone should take their time to make sure they get it right. Personally, I think Labour should relish the opportunity to be in opposition. As a party, we are far stronger as a team than the SNP who are riddled with strife over independence and right to left wing economic policy. Iâ€™ll blog about this in greater detail later.
My top 3 wins of the campaign:
1) Iain Gray in East Lothian
Iâ€™m absolutely delighted to see Iain Gray back in the parliament. It was Iain and Gil who encouraged me to get so involved in the Edinburgh Labour Party. Theyâ€™ve a lot to answer for and continue to be fantastic friends!
2) Cathy Craigie in Cumbernauld & Kilsyth
Not only did Cathy hold on to what was the SNPâ€™s target #1 seat but she nearly quadrupled her majority. Big congratulations to Cathy, and my friend Kirsty Oâ€™Connell who was so heavily involved in her campaign.
3) John Park on the Mid-Scotland & Fife List
Iâ€™m so pleased to see John Park in the parliament. Itâ€™s great to see such a strong trade unionist on the benches. Heâ€™ll bring a great passion and sense of humour to the parliament.