Fife’s General Election in pictures

Stephen Gethins wins the North East Fife seat with a margin of just two votes.
Stephen Gethins wins the North East Fife seat with a margin of just two votes.

The images say it all...

Relief for Stephen Gethins as he scraped a victory for the SNP in North East Fife with a margin of just two votes - sparking calls for a fourth recount by Elizabeth Riches of the Lib Dems.

Stephen Gethins and his SNP team celebrate after a third recount saw the party win North East Fife

Stephen Gethins and his SNP team celebrate after a third recount saw the party win North East Fife

He said: “It’s been an extraordinary night, and event, and I want to give my thanks to all the other candidates that took part in this campaign.

“It was very tight, and they made us wait, but I am delighted. that I have been re-elected. I actually have a job to do and that has been made clear once again tonight.”

But arguably the biggest surprise of the night came when Lesley Laird narrowly took back Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath for Labour, eliminating the constituency’s spectacular swing to the SNP in 2015.

She pulled in 17,016 votes, as Roger Mullin got 16,757.

SNP candidate Peter Grant held onto his Glenrothes seat

SNP candidate Peter Grant held onto his Glenrothes seat

Speaking afterwards, Ms Laird said: “In an election where just a few weeks ago Labour not given a chance, this is a indeed a remarkable result.

“At a rally a few weeks ago I asked supporters what it would feel like to hear Labour had won. It feel even sweeter to hear it for real.”

In Glenrothes, SNP candidate Peter Grant was re-elected – albeit with a previous margin of 15,000 reduced to just 3000.

It was a night of drama, intrigue and surprises ... and proved a bit too long for some ...

The surprise of the night came when Lesley Laird swung Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath back to Labour.

The surprise of the night came when Lesley Laird swung Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath back to Labour.

All pics: George Mcluskie

It was a long night...

It was a long night...

Elizabeth Riches, who lost out to Stephen Gethins for the North East Fife seat,  may consider appealing for another recount.

Elizabeth Riches, who lost out to Stephen Gethins for the North East Fife seat, may consider appealing for another recount.