THE Isle of Arran is often described as Scotland in Miniature – but last Friday the whole of Ayrshire fitted the mould for that phrase as we mirrored almost perfectly what happened across the country, writes Paul Fisher.

When the exit poll was announced, Ayrshire was set to become a sea of yellow and that’s the way it proved to be.

The three incumbent MPs all increased their majorities alongside many of their counterparts in Scotland.

If you look at the four constituencies as areas of the country, North Ayrshire and Arran would represent the North East, with voters traditionally further north in areas such as Largs voting Conservative but the further you come south the more SNP support you will find.

Central Ayrshire is the central belt with solid SNP support but also some pockets of Tory, Labour and Lib Dem voters.

Kilmarnock and Loudon is Glasgow and the west with the SNP holding massive support and the rest just not really coming close enough to challenge and Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock is the divided south with a straight up fight between the SNP and Conservatives leaving a much smaller majority.

Meanwhile, the Lib Dems continue to treat Ayrshire with contempt with little to no activity from their four ‘candidates’.