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Kaukab Stewart makes history by becoming first woman of colour to serve as an MSP

Kaukab Stewart has made history as the first woman of colour to be elected to Holyrood.

She won her seat with a majority of 5,458.

Scottish Green Party co-leader Patrick Harvie finished second with 9,077 votes.

Scottish Labour picked up 8,605 votes, the Scottish Conservatives 2,850 and the Scottish Liberal Democrats 977.

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In her acceptance speech, Kaukab Stewart said: “It is without doubt an honour to be elected as the first woman of colour to the Scottish Parliament.

“It has taken too long but to all the women and girls of colour out there, the Scottish Parliament belongs to you too, so whilst I may be the first, I will not be the last.”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted her congratulations to the SNP MSP saying: “Party politics aside, this is a special and important moment. It has taken far too long, but Kaukab Stewart is the first woman of colour to be elected to the Scottish Parliament. I could not be prouder right now.” 

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Patrick Harvie who stood in the same constituency tweeted: “Congratulations to Kaukab Stewart on her election as the new MSP for Glasgow Kelvin. Many thanks to the record number of Green voters, and to all my fellow candidates for a very good natured contest.” 

Former Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson tweeted: “Party politics aside, this is great for Holyrood and congratulations to Kaukab Stewart. We hope very much she won’t be the last – not even the last today with Pam Gosal well placed on the West of Scotland list for Scot Tories”



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