Christine Grahame 'relieved and excited' to hold seat for SNP

Christine Grahame Credit: Christine Grahame

The SNP have held Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale.

At 76, Christine Grahame has become the oldest MSP ever to be elected to Holyrood, winning 19,807 votes. 

She has been an MSP since the Scottish Parliament was established in 1999, and has represented this constituency since 2011.

In this election, she increased her majority to 6,826.

Following the declaration, Christine Grahame said she was "relieved and excited".

Her main challenger was Scottish Borders Council leader Shona Haslam, who took 12,981 votes for the Scottish Conservatives.

Full results:

  • Christine Grahame - SNP - 19,807

  • Shona Haslam - Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party - 12,981

  • Katherine Sangster - Scottish Labour - 5,410

  • AC May - Scottish Liberal Democrats - 2,615

  • Dominic Ashmole - Scottish Green Party - 2,154

  • Michael Banks - Vanguard Party - 67

Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale stretches from the commuter belt south of Edinburgh down to the area south of Peebles, and includes Galashiels and Melrose.