SNP make progress towards winning in 2007
Speaking following the election results in Livingston and Cathcart, SNP Leader Alex Salmond MP welcomed the results, and pointed to the fact that the SNP are the only party to have made real progress over the night in both constituencies.
Mr Salmond said:
â€œThese are highly satisfactory results for the SNP.
â€œTonight in Livingston we saw a huge swing to us from Labour and in Cathcart the Labour majority was halved. In Livingston the SNP vote rose by 11 per cent and in Cathcart by 6 per cent.
â€œIf replicated across the country the Livingston swing would deliver the SNP 28 additional seats in the Scottish Parliament elections in 2007, and on the swing in Cathcart we would win 9 extra.
â€œThe swing to us in Livingston was in double digits, and much higher than any commentator forecast at the start of the campaign.
â€œThe real significance of the result tonight is that weâ€™re the only party challenging Labour in Scotland, and the only party to make progress across the two by-elections.
â€œThe claims of the Liberals that they could challenge for second place have now completely evaporated. No other party made a fraction of our progress across the two seats.
â€œWith that debate settled the SNP can get on with our preparations to gain the 20 seats required to become the leading party in Scotland.
â€œThat is what we now intend to do.â€