Angus South MSP has welcomed the results from Sunday’s European election count as a “pleasing victory for the SNP”.
The Scottish National Party won the election in Scotland securing a total of 28.9 per cent of the popular vote, and saw the party come first in 16 out of the 32 Scottish local authorities.
Mr Dey said: “The SNP topped the poll in Scotland attracting almost 70,000 additional votes compared to 2009. That is a terrific result and one which represents a very clear vote of confidence in the Scottish Government.
“In contrast, UKIP, which has received generous levels of media coverage in recent weeks, finished a lowly fourth overall despite a strong showing south of the border.
“Further evidence, if it was needed, of the political gulf between voters in Scotland and those in the rest of the UK.
“With the SNP’s Ian Hudghton and Alyn Smith reinstalled as MEPs, however, there is no question that Scotland’s voice will be strongly represented in Brussels.”
As well as the two SNP MEPs, Scotland also has two Labour MEPs, David Martin and Catherine Stihler, and one apiece for the Conservatives and UKIP, Ian Duncan and David Colburn respectively.
Commenting, SNP Depute Leader and Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Over seven years into an SNP Government, and we have won the popular vote yet again in a national election, as once again voters put their trust in the SNP.
“Ian and Alyn have been strong and effective voices for Scotland, helping to defend our interests in Europe and put forward Scotland’s case on key issues in the European Parliament. I am delighted that they have both been re-elected today and will continue to provide that strong, distinctive voice that Scotland needs in Europe.”