“I want to say a big thank you to everyone who turned out to vote for me and to promise all of you that I am here to help you in whatever way I can. My door is always open.”

Christina, who first won a Scottish Parliament seat on the List in 2007, secured the Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse constituency for the SNP in 2011 with a majority of 2,213 votes.

At this election, Christina has reinforced her lead by increasing her majority from 2,213 to 5,437. At her election count, she said: “I know that the people of this area believe in the SNP and they have said that they believe in me. I know how much that trust matters, now I have the honour and the responsibility of serving everyone in this constituency, however they chose to vote.

“Our new government will be pushing ahead with the promises made in the manifesto. We will be prioritising extended childcare, building on our education system, arguing the case for remaining in the EU and constantly working towards a fairer and more prosperous Scotland for everyone.

“In the constituency, I will continue to encourage employers to engage with young people at job fairs, work to enhance the position of disabled people – who have been so abused by Westminster’s cuts – and to make sure that in Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse they get the attention and the services they deserve.

“I know how vital town centre improvements are. It is tragic to see businesses closing down and shops voided. We need to work to encourage new enterprises that will help to regenerate our town. There can be a domino effect – the better our offering, the more investors will be attracted inwards. I want to see SLC working a bit more imaginatively to offer incentives and look at innovative strategies to help rebuild the town centre community.

 “I want to say a huge thank you to all the people who came out and pounded the streets with me with such enthusiasm and commitment. Their energy was a huge driver for me. Without all of you, I couldn’t have done it.”