Banff and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has retained his seat for the SNP for a third term in what he called a “solid victory” for the party.
Stevenson claimed victory at the AECC in Aberdeen with 15, 801 votes - his closest competitor was Tory candidate Peter Chapman with 9,219 votes.
Speaking after his victory Mr Stevenson said: “This is a very solid victory for the SNP.
“In 2011 the Tories in our seat had their worst ever result - they have recovered a little bit.”
The MSP said that he has put in the hard work to retain his seat by knocking on doors and engaging with the people in his area.
Mr Stevenson said: “To get the result you have to do the work, you have to knock on doors.
“I’ve always wanted to make sure that I’m representing and engaging with my constituents.”
Mr Stevenson said that he was “one of the most accessible” politicians in Scottish Parliament and he believes this is reflected in the people’s vote.
He said: “It’s about supporting the people that cast the vote.”
In the Banff and Buchan Coast constituency 28,822 (48.72%) of voters turned out on election day.