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Former editor fails to win seat in Scottish Parliament

A former weekly newspaper editor who has moved into politics has failed in her bid to win a seat at the Scottish Parliament.

Christine Jardine, a former editor of the Deeside Piper who went on to head the Press Association in Scotland, stood for the Liberal Democrats in the Aberdeen Donside by-election last week.

But the seat was held by the Scottish National Party, whose candidate Mark McDonald took 42pc of the vote to win election as an MSP.

Christine came third for the Lib Dems and polled 1,940 votes, overtaking the Conservatives who were third in the seat in 2011.

She has also previously worked as a broadcast journalist for the BBC in Aberdeen and served as a special adviser to Scottish Secretary Michael Moore.

The by-election was held following the death of incumbent MSP Brian Adam who lost his battle with cancer earlier this year.