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SNP's Mark McDonald sworn in as Aberdeen Donside MSP

The SNP's Mark McDonald has been sworn in as the new Aberdeen Donside MSP.

The recent Holyrood by-election followed the death of the SNP MSP Brian Adam in April, aged 64, after a battle with cancer.

Mr McDonald secured 9,814 votes, with Labour's Willie Young in second getting 7,789. Lib Dem Christine Jardine was third and Conservative Ross Thomson was fourth.

After taking the affirmation in Doric, Mr McDonald said he was "honoured".

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