IT was a long night at the Rutherglen and Hamilton West by-election count that saw Labour gain its second Scottish MP. 

This week's episode of Holyrood Weekly takes listeners behind the scenes at South Lanarkshire's Hamilton headquarters and the count as the ballots were being counted.

Political reporter Abbi Garton-Crosbie brings updates from the count floor throughout the night, with interviews with SNP MP David Linden and Scottish Greens candidate Cameron Eadie. 

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And - spoiler alert - inside the victory huddle with Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar and the party's winning candidate Michael Shanks.

Chief political reporter Judith Duffy joins to break down the result and the reaction at the end of the episode. 

Did voter apathy have an impact? What does the result mean for the SNP's independence strategy ahead of the General Election?

You can listen to Episode 5 of Season 2 on our website below, Spotify and the Omny streaming platform.