New Labour MP takes seat in House of Commons after by-election success

Michael Shanks has officially been sworn in as the new representative for the Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency.

Labour’s newest MP has taken his seat in the House of Commons after winning Scotland’s first recall by-election.

Michael Shanks, the new MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, swore an oath of allegiance to the King after arriving in the chamber.

He was accompanied by Labour’s shadow Scotland secretary Ian Murray, and shadow Wales secretary Jo Stevens as he entered the Commons.

Shanks won the Rutherglen and Hamilton West seat for Labour on October 5, securing a majority of 9,446 over SNP candidate Katy Loudon.

The ballot was held after former MP Margaret Ferrier was forced to step down by constituents, following a recall petition.

The independent MP, formerly an SNP member, had been suspended from the Commons for 30 days for breaching Covid rules, triggering the petition.

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