Centre Director to take leading commentary role on election night

Issued: Tue, 10 Dec 2019 09:09:00 GMT

Kezia Dugdale and Andrew Wilson at BBC Scotland

Kezia Dugdale, Director of the John Smith Centre, will spend election night in the BBC Scotland studio supporting BBC broadcaster Glenn Campbell as the General Election results come in.


Joined by founding partner of Charlotte Street Partners and fellow John Smith Centre board member, Andrew Wilson, the duo will seek to analyse the constituency results throughout the night, starting with the exit poll at 10.00pm.


Commenting on the news, Kezia Dugdale said, “The John Smith Centre is a non-partisan defender of politics and public service. As a consequence, we are well placed to reflect on a campaign where questions on issues of trust in the political process, the media and our leaders have featured so highly.


“Playing such a significant role in the coverage of election night is a huge opportunity for the Centre to assert itself as the leading advocate for a more civilised politics. One that ensures future generations see politics as a noble and effective way to make their country a better place to live.”


The BBC’s coverage will start at 9.55pm. The first seat expected to declare is Houghton and Sunderland South at around 11.00pm with the first Scottish result anticipated to come from the Lanarkshire seat of Rutherglen and Hamilton West just before midnight.