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The SNP has held one of its Westminster seats in a by-election after seeing off a challenge from Labour.

Anum Qaisar-Javed won the Airdrie and Shotts seat for the SNP with a reduced majority of 1,757 over her Labour opponent.

Her victory brings the total number of SNP MPs in the Commons back to 45.

The by-election was held after sitting MP Neil Gray resigned in order to stand in last week’s Scottish Parliament election.

Ms Qaisar-Javed is a 28-year-old modern studies teacher who was a Labour activist until the independence referendum in 2014.

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