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Scottish independence dealt a blow after nationalists suffer losses

10 Juin 2017

Sturgeon she would think about her demands for a second Scottish independence referendum after her party lost seats to the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats, which all want to preserve the United Kingdom.

After holding on to his Sheffield Hallam constituency in the 2015 election, an otherwise disastrous event for the party, former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg lost his seat to Labour last night.

"We had a very clear message in this campaign and there wouldn't have been so many SNP losses tonight if Nicola Sturgeon hadn't tried to force through an unwanted second independence referendum in March", she said.

The SNP also lost Mike Weir, who had been the MP for Angus since 2001, and culture spokesman John Nicolson in East Dunbartonshire, while Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh lost out in Ochil and South Perthshire.

What the general election also proves is that Conservatism is no longer a dirty word in Scotland. Labour won seven and the Liberal Democrats four.

Glassey said the leader of the SNP, Nicola Sturgeon, pressing the issue of independence in the run-up to the election showed she was out of touch.

"We saw that and we felt that".

In nearly every seat in Scotland, Ruth Davidson's party saw its share of the vote increase and the scale of her victories north of the border, despite setbacks down south, saw the Scottish Tory leader declare: "Indyref2 is dead".

The Tory success in Scotland is in stark contrast to the situation south of the border, with Theresa May facing the prospect of losing her majority in the Commons.

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"This is a disaster for Theresa May, she called an election clearly very arrogantly thinking that she was going to crush the opposition, sweep everybody aside and cruise to a landside majority, her position is very, very hard". I agree with the First Minister that now is the time to bring the country together again and there should be unanimity for this in the parliament. She called this election to secure a mandate for her negotiating position, and the electorate snubbed her.

Unfortunately, I wasn't awake enough to think to take any photos. "We have always said that we would work in alliance with others to promote progressive policies to build a fairer country", Sturgeon said. However, this was eclipsed when they defeated Mr Salmond in Gordon, a result that stunned the Nationalists.

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.

But speaking after the Tories picked up six of the seats, ousting some big SNP names in the process, he said the nationalist party's victory in 2015 was always going to be a hard task to repeat. "Simply put, Scotland has had its fill", the Scottish Tory leader said.

Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme, he said: "I saw that piece in the Telegraph with some interest and it rang some bells for some things I said a few years ago but I'm assured that there's not a lot of truth in this particular story".

"There were so many SNP MPs who had 10,000 or larger majorities who now find they are sitting on perhaps a dozen or just under 100".

As group leader at Westminster, and as a result of the SNP's newly acquired third-party status, he was handed the task of challenging the UK Government on everything from welfare reforms to Brexit and foreign affairs.

SNP MPs who last night lost their seats have paid the price for what was a massive political miscalculation on Nicola Sturgeon's part.