Falkirk plays its role in historic US election

American intern Emily Porter with her vote at the Post Office in Cow Wynd
American intern Emily Porter with her vote at the Post Office in Cow Wynd

Falkirk played an unexpected part in the historic US election which saw billionaire businessman Donald Trump elected to the White House today.

An American intern for Falkirk MP John McNally was showing her round our fine district when she decided to cast her vote from the Post Office in Cow Wynd.

Emily Porter from Chicago is a volunteer intern from the Institute for International Education of Students in London and has temporarily joined the staff of Mr McNally.

The 20-year-old is studying political science at Grinnell College, Iowa.

The MP said: “I was taking Emily round the constituency when she cast her vote.

“I’m sure this was a bit of a historic event for the Cow Wynd and is one election Emily will remember taking part in despite being so far from home.”

The Chicago resident is studying political science at Grinnell College, Iowa.

At the end of one of the most divisive elections in modern US history, Republican candidate Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in a race that went down to the wire.

The result has shocked the world, but Trump has vowed to be “president for all Americans” after pulling off his astonishing victory in the race for the White House.

He told jubilant supporters it was “now time for America to bind the wounds of division and come together”.

Mr Trump’s victory was sealed when he took key battleground states Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

The billionaire went out of his way to show magnanimity towards Clinton who he had labelled “crooked Hillary” in a campaign that was beset with smears and insults.

International markets have been panicked by the Trump victory, with London’s FTSE 100 Index dropping as much as two per cent on opening.

During a 15-minute speech today, Trump said: “I can only say that while the campaign is over, our work on this movement is only now just beginning.

“We’re going to get to work immediately for the American people and we are going to be doing a job that hopefully you will be so proud of your president.

“It’s my honour, it’s been an amazing evening. I love this country.”