Top SNP figure urges Nicola Sturgeon to drop second referendum plans

The SNP also lost Mike Weir, who had been the MP for Angus since 2001, and culture spokesman John Nicolson in East Dunbartonshire.

Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson said last night's result put an end to Sturgeon's demand for another disruptive vote.

Asked if Mrs May has the authority to run the party and country, Mr Barwell said: "I believe there's a will in the Conservative Party to get behind her and support her".

The Labour party, which used to dominate Scottish politics, was reduced to just one Scottish lawmaker in 2015.

A number of SNP big beasts were defenestrated, including former first minster Alex Salmond and deputy leader Angus Robertson.

The SNP argued that Scots deserved a do-over of the 2014 independence referendum, which the "leave" campaign lost by around 5%.

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"We saw that and we felt that".

Acknowledging that she was "disappointed", by Thursday's election results, Sturgeon said that she would refrain from making "rash decisions". The SNP finished on 35 seats - a majority of the 59 Scottish constituencies but a drop of 21 from the 56 they won in 2015.

The Scottish First Minister acknowledged the looming prospect of another vote on independence was "undoubtedly" a factor in the party's dismal showing, but also warned against "rushing to overly simplistic judgements". Tory MSP Murdo Fraser told BBC Radio Scotland that the projection was an "astonishing decline". She called this election to secure a mandate for her negotiating position, and the electorate snubbed her. "And I think she came across in the campaign as not only as wooden and robotic but actually pretty insincere".

"Now, we have to wait and see how things shake out. But I've always said - the SNP would want to be part of a progressive alternative to a Tory government".

In reality, such a large proportion of SNP MPs was never really representative of the country, and the only direction the SNP could go in this election was downwards.

Earlier, Douglas Ross of the Tories overturned a majority of 9,065 to defeat Mr Robertson - who had been the SNP's leader at Westminster - by 4,200 votes in Moray. "We're proud to be part of the United Kingdom".

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"I think everybody had written us off and what we've got is six fantastic Labour MPs joining Ian Murray in the House of Commons, she said".

"She's done very well to get where she has, but I think there is a danger that we've gone beyond the strong image with the marshalling of the troops, to her becoming nearly a parody of herself with the tank-riding and bull-riding and flag-waving", a senior SNP lawmaker said. That's a crushing result for the SNP.

Nicola Sturgeon during an event at the Malmaison Hotel in Edinburgh (Jane Barlow/PA) at all.

"It is incumbent on us to listen to other parties in parliament and to people outside it about the best way forward", she told reporters.

"To Labour supporters in particular, I offer this reassurance: if you lend the SNP your vote tomorrow to keep the Tories out, then you can be sure you will be electing SNP MPs who might not agree with him on everything, but agree with Jeremy Corbyn on more than Kezia Dugdale and Scottish Labour".

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