New MP is ‘humbled’ by victory

Corri Wilson pictured after winning the Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock seat
Corri Wilson pictured after winning the Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock seat

The SNP’s Corri Wilson said she was “privileged and humbled” after being elected as the new MP for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock in the early hours of Friday morning.

The Ayr East councillor comfortably saw off a challenge from Labour’s Sandra Osborne, who had been the area’s MP for the last 18 years securing 25,492 votes to Ms Osborne’s 14,227.

And delivering her victory speech Ms Wilson said on stage: “I am privileged and humbled to have been chosen to represent the people of Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock.

“I’d like to thank my family for putting up me with over the last few months since I’ve hardly been around and also to our strong team of activists who are all part of the SNP family.

“Whether you voted for me and the SNP or not I will be here to represent each and everyone of you and I will do that to the best of my ability.

“We have ensured that Scotland’s voice will now be held in Westminster.”

Labour’s Sandra Osborne wished Corri Wilson well in her new job whilst also stressing her disappointment in defeat.

“It is 18 years since I was first elected as a Member of Parliament and on that night I quoted John Smith who said “A chance to serve- that is all we ask.

“I promised to serve to the best of my ability and I hope over the last 18 years I have done that.

“I am disappointed in this result and the Labour Party must take the message forward from the people and go forward from there.

“That is for another time and tonight I warmly congratulate Corri Wilson and wish her well on her new job.”

The Scottish Conservatives Lee Lyons polled 10,355 votes to come in third and he also congratulated the area’s new MP.

“First of all I’d like to thank Sandra for her years of service, in one way or another over the years.

“This night is about Corri and the SNP though and I hold my hands up to that and say congratulations to Corri.”

UKIP’s Joseph-Adam Smith polled 1,280 votes to beat the Liberal Democrats Richard Brodie into fourth place after he polled 855 votes. Neither of them were present at the count in Ayr.