Cowdenbeath and Kirkcaldy’s Alba candidate Neale Hanvey said people are looking to Labour for “change” as he resigned himself to losing the seat he won in the 2019 General Election.

Speaking while counting was taking place at the Michael Woods Leisure Centre, Mr Hanvey said his campaign had been a “really positive” one in which he had had a lot of “encouraging” support.

“I don’t think we have had a bad showing. It has been pretty difficult circumstances for the independence movement,” he said.

“I think it is pretty clear from the limited ballot box sampling that Labour have got a very confident victory on their hands.

“It is kind of understandable. I would have hoped to have a stronger showing but you have got to view it in a national context.

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“There are two governments who have badly let their supporters down.

“These supporters will be looking somewhere else for a solution or at least change and however frustrating that is for me Labour are the obvious home for that dissatisfaction.

“They are definitely attracting these votes for being the other guys. There is no inspiration that I can see in Labour’s message other than change.

“Change ¬- not necessarily progress but just something different.

“That is what people want. They want something different and that is what they are voting for.

“It is the ebb and flow of polltics. That is the way it goes.”