David delighted to be re-elected

David Mundell was re-elected as the MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, defeating his SNP challenger Mairi McAllan by 9,441 votes as he increased his majority from 798 votes in 2015.

It was the fourth time Mr Mundell has been elected as MP for the seat, having first being elected in 2005. Every time his number of votes and vote share has increased, which has made Mr Mundell feel very humbled by the level of support he received.

Commenting on his re-election, Mr Mundell said: "I am delighted to have been re-elected for a fourth time to represent Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale & Tweeddale and humbled that it is once again with an increased vote and vote share.

"There is no doubt that the dominant issue in this election was the Nicola Sturgeon's threat of another divisive independence referendum. Local people wanted to send a clear message they didn't want another referendum and they did. I believe the comprehensive defeat the SNP experienced in this constituency and elsewhere in Scotland, means the prospect of such a referendum is off the table for  the foreseeable future and hopefully for at least the generation the SNP promised in 2014. Those who voted for me made a real difference in making that happen. What we need now is for the Scottish Government to focus on its responsibilities in health and education, which have clearly been neglected because of the obsession with independence.

"My priority will be to ensure we get the best possible deal on Brexit for Scotland and UK, particularly for our farmers and local businesses.

"Of course, it will be very different for me as I return to Westminster, not just because there will be a minority government but because I will have 12 Scottish Conservative MP colleagues.  I've waited 12 years for a colleague and now 12 have come along all at once!