A JUBILANT Michael Connarty was today re-elected as the area’s Labour MP – with an increased majority and share of the vote.
Mr Connarty comfortably won the Linlithgow and East Falkirk seat with 25,634 votes – more than 12,500 ahead of his nearest rival Nationalist Tam Smith (who polled 13081). The Lib Dems and Conservatives were placed third and fourth.
The announcement came around 2 a.m. at the count at West Lothian College in Livingston. Michael is pictured with supporters and workers from Grangemouth and Bo’ness after the result was announced.
Labour also held onto the neighbouring Falkirk and Livingston seats – both key targets for the SNP.