I am delighted to have been elected to the Scottish Parliament, and I would really like to thank everybody involved in the campaign to achieve this fantastic result for the Scottish Conservatives.
When I started this campaign, I pointed to my strong track record of delivering for my constituents as an Aberdeen City councillor.
I have worked hard as part of a small Conservative group which has punched above its weight and helped secure investment in the Third Don Crossing at a time when the ruling Labour group did not want to build the bridge.
Furthermore, I persuaded transport giant First Aberdeen to maintain vital community bus routes for residents in my Hazlehead/Ashley/Queen’s Cross ward.
I think there are parallels here with the newly elected Scottish Conservative group at Holyrood.
I absolutely believe that we can make a major contribution to how this country will be run over the next five years and I will work just as hard to deliver for my constituents in the North East.
During the campaign, I have talked to people all over this region, and I am well aware of the issues that families are facing.
We know that the North East economy is going through one of its most difficult periods, and we will need support all the support we can get from the Scottish Government.
I don’t think that our SNP MSPs have done enough to speak up for this region over the past nine years – I have certainly heard very little about how we address the fact that Aberdeen City is the lowest funded council in Scotland.
That should just be the starting point - we need to address failures in education, in our health service and in our economy – and that’s exactly what I now intend to do