SNP: Kirkcaldy - the result isn’t even close

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It was the seat the SNP wanted - Gordon Brown’s Kirkcaldy constituency.

They are still counting the votes, but it’s clear that Labour’s biggest majority in Scotland has been destroyed.

A 23,000 majority wiped out in a game-changer of an election.

The body language in the candidates room, and among the checkers gives the game away.

Labour are sitting in small groups, their heads down, scrolling through their phones absorbing blow after blow on a night when the political map of Scotland turned yellow.

It feels like intruding in private grief to ask how they are doing.

For the SNP it’s a night that will go down in history.

In north-east Fife the Tories conceded shortly after midnight - and put themselves in third, not even second.

In Glenrothes, Peter Grant is heading to Westminster seven years after losing to Lindsay Roy.

And in Kirkcaldy, Roger Mullin awaits a coronation with the letters ‘MP’ after his name.

The words of David Torrance MSP - the man who made political history by winning Kirkcaldy and giving Alex Salmond an unheard of majority at the Scottish Parliament - summed up the mood of the night.

The result, he said, wouldn’t even be close.

‘’We have won it easily in Kirkcaldy,’’ he said. ‘’I am ecstatic.’’

‘’To overturn the largest majority in Scotland of 23,000 was spectacular on the day.

We thought my win in 2011 was exceptional but this eclipses it.’’

He praised the work of Mr Mullin and a team of volunteers who hit the doorsteps with a vengeance.

‘’Throughout the campaign we have been extremely positive, knocked on more doors than anyone else and we knew what results were coming,.

‘’We have been engaging with the public like many others and the results have paid off.

‘’When you go into Templehall, which was a Labour heartland, you could tell there was a huge change in the air.

‘’We didn’t realise it would be as much as this though. ‘’

For Labour there was little to say. There were no words.

Melanie Ward, candidate in Glenrothes, finally arrived in the hall at 1.25 a.m. - followed shortly by Kenny Selbie; latecomers to the wake.

David Ross, Fife Council leader, said: ‘’It looks like a disappointing night. We wait to see the final results.’’

Their misery should end around 3.00 a.m.

By then there may be few left in the hall.