Like many of you this morning, I woke up deeply disappointed at the news that Donald Trump has been elected as the next President of the United States. I personally supported Hillary Clinton and although it may be disappointing that America has missed this opportunity to elect its first ever female president, we can only hope she’s made that watershed a more realistic prospect.

I know that the rhetoric of the Trump campaign will have alarmed many minority groups in the U.S and I sincerely hope that the Republican Party will reach out to heal some of the division and anxiety these remarks will have created. As I said in my speech at SNP conference last month, the battle against prejudice and intolerance relies not on a few politicians, but depends on all of us to win our own arguments not just once, but over and over again, never letting the xenophobes win.

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