That’s it Foulkes…

Saturday, May 5th, 2007 @ 1:18PM

It’s 2pm on Saturday afternoon and I’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 I’m a little behind in terms of the news. What an election! I don’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.

Sarah’s back in the parliament which I’m obviously absolutely ecstatic about - especially as her results appears to buck the trend across Scotland. I’m also pleased to see George Foulkes elected on the Lothians List and can’t think of two better champions for the capital city.

I’ve got a million and one blogs I want to write about these elections, so while I’m working on those I want to blog briefly about what I think should happen next and my highlights.

What should Labour do next? There’s a lot of discussion to be had yet about coalitions and I’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. I’ll blog about this in greater detail later.

My top 3 wins of the campaign:

1) Iain Gray in East Lothian
I’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. They’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 SNP’s target #1 seat but she nearly quadrupled her majority. Big congratulations to Cathy, and my friend Kirsty O’Connell who was so heavily involved in her campaign.

3) John Park on the Mid-Scotland & Fife List
I’m so pleased to see John Park in the parliament. It’s great to see such a strong trade unionist on the benches. He’ll bring a great passion and sense of humour to the parliament.

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