Mairi Evans elected as Angus North MSP

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Angus North & Mearns will be represented by a new face in the shape of the SNP’s Mairi Evans who has been voted in for the first time as an MSP.

The announcement was made shortly after 4am this morning (Friday).

Mairi Evans, SNP, received 13417 votes; Alex Johnstone, Scottish Conservatives and Unionist Party, 10,945; John Ruddy, Scottish Labour, 2752; and Ewan Davidson, Liberal Democrats, 2265. A total of 117 ballots were rejected.

A jubilant Miss Evans told Angus County Press: “It feels incredibly exciting, but nerve-wracking at the same time because it’s such a huge responsibility and there’s a job to get done. I can’t wait to get started, but it is such a huge privilege to be in this position now, it hasn’t quite sunk in yet. It still feels a bit weird.”

Asked what would be first on her agenda as an MSP she said: “My primary concern is the Mulberry Unit at Stracathro which is under threat of closure from NHS Tayside so first and foremost that’s the first issue I want to look at. That’s due to go out to consultation in June, I think the facility is absolutely vital for Angus and we need to make sure we hold on to it, that will be my first and foremost concern.”