Kezia Dugdale, leader of Scottish Labour, was one of many senior Labour politicians who today spoke of their shock at the election of Donald Trump as US president.
“Like countless people in Scotland, the UK, and across the globe I watched with great sadness as the results from the presidential election came in.
“While we must all respect the result of this democratic contest, today is a dark day for those of us who believe in compassion, tolerance and equality.
“Donald Trump was responsible for a hate-filled campaign that was dominated by lies, misogyny and racism. As president-elect, he now has a responsibility to America and the world to heal the deep divisions he has caused.
“Across the US, there will be women, gay people and Muslims who will now be incredibly worried about the direction of their country, but there will also be countless working-class Americans who will be hurting today. They all need reassurances that I very much hope will be forthcoming from the Republican Party.
“I was a great admirer of Hillary Clinton, and campaigned for her in America so I personally feel heartbroken by this result. I believe Hillary would have been a great president – the most qualified female presidential candidate ever has been defeated by the least-qualified male candidate ever.
“But the United States and Scotland share a rich history and friendship between our people. That will not be swept away by one election result.”