Ukip extends electoral triumph winning its first seat in Scotland
David Coburn won the sixth European seat by the narrowest of margins after securing 10.4% of the vote.
Ukip narrowly won its first ever seat in Scotland, dashing Alex Salmond’s hopes of securing a record three seats in the European parliament.
The party’s candidate David Coburn, a Scottish businessmen who was parachuted in by Farage after running Ukip’s London region, won the sixth European seat by the narrowest of margins after securing 10.4% of the vote.
After 31 of Scotland’s 32 councils had declared – the Western Isles is due to count its votes on Monday – the SNP still secured the largest share of the vote.
But it failed to record the upsurge in popular support it wanted before September’s independence referendum.
Despite seeing its support as high as 37% in recent opinion polls, the SNP’s share of the vote fell slightly to 28.9% compared to the European parliament result in 2009, with the party winning 386,193 votes.
Scottish Labour had a good night after its share of the vote increased by more than five points compared to 2009 with 25.9%, or 346,377 votes. The Conservative share of the vote rose slightly from 16.8% in 2009 to 17.2%.