Scottish referendum in doubt after steep losses for SNP in United Kingdom vote

Scottish referendum in doubt after steep losses for SNP in United Kingdom vote

Scottish referendum in doubt after steep losses for SNP in United Kingdom vote

As well as East Dunbartonshire, four other seats in and around Scotland's biggest city saw the SNP lose ground.

Meanwhile, the Tory success in Scotland came in stark contrast to the situation south of the border, where Theresa May lost her majority and the election resulted in a hung parliament.

It comes amid speculation the First Minister could look to put a new vote on Scottish independence on the backburner.

'I'm disappointed at the SNP losses but I'm pleased that we've won the election'.

Adam Tomkins, Conservative member of the devolved Scottish parliament for Glasgow, told POLITICO that the general election result represented "a good night for the union".

WHILE opposing a second independence referendum was the core message from Scottish Labour it is most likely something else that led to a revival in Glasgow for the party. "We are proud to be part of the United Kingdom".

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She paid tribute to Mr Robertson, who had been MP for Moray since 2001, describing him as a "politician and parliamentarian of enormous stature, who week after week held the Prime Minister to account, providing the scrutiny that the official opposition in the House of Commons failed to do".

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has rejected reports that she is planning to form a breakaway centre-right party in Scotland.

Speaking to the BBC, Sturgeon said: "I'm not going to rush to hasty judgements or decisions, but clearly there's thinking for me to do about the SNP result ..."

Elsewhere, high-profile SNP MPs like Paisley's Mhairi Black, who in 2015 at the age of 20 was elected as the country's youngest MP, kept her seat despite early jitters that she might lose it.

She criticised Theresa May, who called a snap election in a bid to boost her party's slender majority at Westminster - a gamble which spectacularly backfired on the Conservative leader.

Ms Sturgeon's party ended the night with 35 MPs and just under 37 per cent of the vote - a result substantially down on the 50 per cent they secured in 2015, which gave them 56 MPs.

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"The SNP group will be influential", Salmond said.

'Her position I think is very, very hard.

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Former SNP leader Alex Salmond blamed a late surge in support for Labour's Jeremy Corbyn for the loss of a number of nationalist seats. That's a crushing result for the SNP. "Well, the mandate she's got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence". Her stance, a far cry from that of Sturgeon, was based on understanding "the street." .

With pro-union parties making gains across the board and the SNP share of the vote in several Scottish seats falling significantly, this could be a sign that the huge gains made by the nationalist, pro-independence party in the 2015 election "may be reverting back to Conservative and Labour", pollster Marcus Roberts told CNN.

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Mrs Sturgeon, who is also Scotland's first minister, remains powerful-but she is damaged.

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