EAST Lothian's MP Kenny MacAskill came up short in his bid to be elected to the Scottish Parliament.

MacAskill, who unseated Labour's Martin Whitfield to become East Lothian MP in the General Election in December 2019, left the SNP to join Alex Salmond's new Alba Party earlier this year and stood as an Alba candidate on the Lothian regional list at the Scottish Parliament Election on Thursday.

MacAskill – who had previously stated he would continue as East Lothian MP even if he won election to Holyrood – was his party's top candidate on the Lothian list, ahead of former boxing world champion Alex Arthur.

The Lothian regional result was the last result in all of Scotland to be declared on Saturday evening but it was bad news for Alba as they failed to pick up any seats, with the seven regional list seats going to the Conservatives (three), Labour (two) and the Greens (two).

It completed a disappointing election for Alba, with the party failing to win a single seat.