Lanarkshire voters now have a Green MSP along with three Labour and three Conservative representatives following the declaration of the Central Scotland regional results.

Green Party candidate Gillian Mackay secured the seventh proportional representation seat in the Holyrood region made of up nine constituencies North and South Lanarkshire and Falkirk after the party polled 19,512 votes across the area.

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Her victory sparked huge celebrations among the group of party activists attending the declaration, made at 5.30pm after two days of vote counting across the region.

Labour lost a list seat compared to their four from 2016, returning existing regional MSPs Richard Leonard, the former party leader, Monica Lennon and Mark Griffin.

The Conservative party maintained their three list seats in the Central area, re-electing Graham Simpson alongside new colleagues Stephen Kerr, the former Stirling MP, and Meghan Gallacher, the Conservative group leader on North Lanarkshire Council.

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Labour polled 77,623 votes on the peach ballot papers and the Conservatives earned 59,896.

The SNP received 148,399 votes on the second ballot papers but did not win any additional seats having won all nine of the region's constituencies.

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