Poll joy for Co-op Party

DESPITE a night of mixed fortunes for Labour in the latest round of UK elections, the Co-op Party has been celebrating successes in both Scotland and Wales. The...

DESPITE a night of mixed fortunes for Labour in the latest round of UK elections, the Co-op Party has been celebrating successes in both Scotland and Wales.
The Labour/Co-op group of MSPs in the Scottish Parliament is now eight-strong, while in the Welsh Assembly elections all five sitting Co-op members were returned as the Labour Party won overall control.
In Scotland, the seven sitting Co-op MSPs were joined by Fife Council leader Christine May, who won the Fife Central seat previously held by former First Minister Henry McLeish.
Minister for Education and Young People Cathy Jamieson ? MSP for Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley ? now has the biggest majority of the eight Co-op MSPs, a healthy 7,454 over the Tory candidate, but the biggest share of the vote was achieved by Frank McAveety, who won over 56 per cent of the vote in Glasgow Shettleston.
On a night when the militant Scottish Socialist Party made big gains, the Co-op Party&#039s National Organiser in Scotland, Joe Hill, praised the campaigning efforts of Co-op MSP Johann Lamont, whose hard work denied SSP leader Tommy Sheridan top place in the Glasgow Pollok constituency vote.
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Said Mr Hill: "A lot of credit is due to Johann, who fought a hard battle. The elections in Scotland were always going to be difficult for Labour and that&#039s how it turned out. But I&#039m absolutely delighted that despite a low turn-out overall, we managed to secure eight Labour/Co-op MSPs.
"We will now be preparing to put forward a very co-operative and mutual agenda over the course of the next parliament. Focussing on a national co-operative development agency for Scotland."
Biggest Labour/Co-op majority in Wales was achieved by Blaenau Gwent AM Peter Law, who achieved a whopping 11,736 majority and over 70 per cent of the vote, largely at the expense of the Liberal Democrats.
The four other sitting Labour/Co-op AMs were also re-elected, but Rhiannon Passmore, Labour/Co-op candidate in Ceredigion was beaten into third place.

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