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Scottish Parliament elections 2021 LIVE: SNP win election with 64 seats - one short of majority
Last updated: Saturday, 08 May, 2021, 20:35
- SNP win election with 64 seats - one short of majority
- Sturgeon hails ‘emphatic’ victory
- Tories second with 31 seats, Labour third with 22
- No seats for Salmond’s Alba party
- Police investigate possible voter fraud in Edinburgh
- Kaukab Stewart becomes first woman of colour elected
Top stories and analysis from The Scotsman:
Roundup of seats
SNP - 64
Conservative - 31
Labour - 22
Greens - 8
Lib Dems - 4
Lothian regional list result
SNP now has 64 seats
South Scotland regional list
Craig Hoy (Con) Brian Whittle (Con) Sharon Dowey (Con) Colin Smyth (Lab) Carol Mochan (Lab) Martin Whitfield (Lab) Emma Harper (SNP)
‘Scotland is indeed divided down the middle’ - Curtice
Professor Sir John Curtice says that, based on the results that are in so far, it looks as though the SNP plus the Greens are heading for 49 percent of the constituency vote, and that the SNP plus the Greens and Alba may win 51 percent of the list vote.
In truth, he says, the only safe conclusion to draw from these results is that Scotland is indeed divided down the middle on the consitutional question.
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First woman of Indian descent elected in Clydebank & Milngavie
Pam Gosal said: “It's a privilege to be the first female MSP elected to the Scottish Parliament from an Indian background.
“Thank you to everyone who's supported me. Can't wait to get to work for the people of the West of Scotland.”
Mid Scotland and Fife list result announced
The Conservatives have taken four seats on the Mid Scotland and Fife regional list - in a result that exactly resembles the 2016 tally.
Scottish Labour came second with two seats, followed by the Greens with one.
Salmond loses contest for Holyrood seat
Alex Salmond will not return to the Scottish Parliament after he failed in his bid to pick up a seat on the North East regional list.
The former first minster had hoped to boost the Scottish independence cause by returning to frontline politics with his Alba Party.
But his party failed to pick up a seat in the region after winning just 8,269 votes.