SCOTTISH Borders Council leader Shona Haslam has lost her bid to become an MP, meaning she will continue as leader of the local authority.

She lost the Lanark and Hamilton East seat to the incumbent SNP candidate Angela Crawley, in one of the only three-way marginals in the country.

Although Ms Haslam returned the same 32.1 percent vote share the Conservatives gathered in 2017, the SNP appear to have attracted a good deal of Labour’s former voters, and returned Ms Crawley with 41.9 percent of the vote, a swing of +9.3 percent from 2017.

Labour again fell to third place, but with 20.2 percent of the vote, a swing of -11.7 percent.