Scottish National Party sees steep losses

Scottish National Party sees steep losses”

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.

Reuters reports, "An updated BBC forecast predicted May's Conservatives would win 318 of the 650 seats, eight short of a majority, while Corbyn's left-wing Labour would take 267 - producing a "hung parliament" and potential deadlock".

Her comments mark the first time that a senior Conservative figure has suggested involving other political forces in Brexit talks and come in the wake of a disastrous election for the Conservatives, which is seeking support from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party to stay in power. Before the election, five people died during a vehicle and knife attack near Parliament on March 22.

Voters go to the polls today in a General Election that could see numerous seats change hands north of the border.

Rachel Sheard, who cast her vote near the site of the London Bridge attack, said the election hadn't gone as expected - and that it certainly wasn't about Brexit.

"Scottish Labour will never support independence or a divisive second independence referendum". They are still by far the largest party with 35 MPs (37 per cent of the vote, compared to 28 per cent for the Tories and 27 per cent for Labour) and still in control, with the Greens, in the Scottish Parliament.

Ruth Davidson has dismissed a suggestion she will seek to break the Scottish Conservatives away from the United Kingdom party following a humiliating General Election result for Theresa May.

Dr John Lee, Scottish Grocers Federation head of policy, said: "The results in Scotland mean that a second independence referendum is highly unlikely".

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said she was "hugely encouraged" by the results.

The election also saw a partial revival for Labour, which once dominated politics in Scotland but was reduced to just one Scottish lawmaker in 2015.

The Tories returned 13 MPs in their best result in Scotland since 1983.

Ms Davidson said the election was dominated by independence in Scotland with SNP MPs paying the price for their leader Nicola Sturgeon's folly in demanding a second vote. The Tories had won just one seat in 2015.

The separatist Scottish National Party (SNP) lost 21 seats of their 56 parliamentary seats on Thursday.

He said Mrs May and Brexit Secretary David Davis had made clear this issue was a priority, adding: "We want to get that resolved as rapidly as possible and to have the chaos and uncertainty of a leadership contest would put the whole issue on hold and I think that's really bad for the stability, not least because of the whole economics looking ahead, with the pound dropping and everything else".

SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson was ousted by the Tories and hours later former first minister Alex Salmond lost his seat, in what has been described as the party's "Michael Portillo moment".

That was echoed by Mr Salmond, who said the SNP would now seek to "build a progressive alliance to take this country forward and to avoid the calamity of hard Brexit".

Ms Sturgeon's apparent willingness to reconsider her demand for an imminent Scottish independence referendum contrasts with a more bullish tone in recent months.

AFTER Britain voted to leave the European Union, Nicola Sturgeon spied an opportunity to use that referendum to rerun another.

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