Scotland elects first woman of colour to Scottish parliament

History was made in 苏格兰 on Saturday as the country elected its first woman of colour to serve as a member of the Scottish parliament (MSP).

Kaukab Stewart won her race for the Scottish National Party (SNP) in the Glasgow Kelvin constituency, describing the achievement as an “honour”.

“It is without doubt an honour to be elected as the first woman of colour to the Scottish parliament,” Stewart said in her acceptance speech on Saturday.

“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.

“I intend to be a voice for every single person in Kelvin that I’ve been elected to represent. Whether you voted for me or not, please know my door will always be open.”

The Scottish first minister, 尼古拉St鱼, praised the historic win, saying she “could not be prouder right now”.

“I am thrilled beyond words to see Kaukab Stewart elected. Party politics aside, this is a special and important moment. It has taken far too long, 但 @kaukabstewart is the first woman of colour to be elected to the Scottish Parliament,她发了推文.

Stewart beat the co-leader of Scottish Greens, Patrick Harvie, to take over the seat from Sandra White, also of the SNP.

Had Harvie won, he would have been the first green candidate to win a constituency seat in Scotland.

Stewart won 14,535 votes, 和....相比 9,077 for Harvie.

Scottish Labour came third with 8,605 votes, while the Scottish Conservatives took 2,850 and the Scottish Liberal Democrats 977.

Stewart has run for election five times since 1999, and was a teacher for almost 30 年.