Scottish Election results 2021 RECAP: Alex Salmond concedes Alba unlikely to win seats | SNP's Angus Robertson takes Edinburgh Central from Scottish Conservatives | Nicola Sturgeon and John Swinney win constituencies | Labour's Jackie Baillie holds onto Dumbarton | Turnout surges | Interactive constituency map
The count for perhaps the most consequential Scottish Parliament election in history has begun.
Take a look back on the events as they happened throughout the day.
Scottish Election 2021 RECAP: Election results and updates from across Scotland
Last updated: Friday, 07 May, 2021, 20:10
- Angus Robertson takes Edinburgh Central from Tories
- Sturgeon plays down chances of SNP majority
- SNP take Ayr from Tories in tight race
- Salmond concedes Alba unlikely to win seats
- SNP gain East Lothian from Labour
Top stories and analysis from The Scotsman’s politics team
Counting set to begin in Scottish constituencies
Counts in more than half of Scotland’s parliamentary constituencies are to begin later, as the country awaits the outcome of its strangest election since devolution.
Votes in some 46 of the 73 constituency seats will be counted from about 9am on Friday, with the first results expected from noon.
It is anticipated all 46 should be declared by Friday evening.
Then, from about 9am on Saturday, the remaining 27 constituency seats will be counted, after which the regional seats will be allocated.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there is a staggered tallying up of ballots for the 2021 Holyrood election, with all results expected to be declared by Saturday evening.
Voters turned away
On Thursday, two voters in Glasgow North West said they were temporarily turned away from a polling station because a ballot box was “too full”.
Nadeem Basharat, 37, said he and his partner Joanne Basharat, 34, went to Jordanhill Parish Church polling station at around 8.30pm and were told they could not cast their vote at the time.
He said he was told ballot box 52 was too full and he was told to “come back by 10pm”, by a steward who was “quite vague”.
He told the PA news agency: “We went home and waited and got there for about 9.30pm and managed to get in, ballot box 52 was still pretty full, like it had just been pushed down and not a new box.
“It looked like there were people there who didn’t manage to vote first time around.”
A spokesman for Glasgow’s returning officer said: “The sheer size of the regional paper meant some ballot boxes became full. We were able to deliver replacement boxes, but in this case some voters were asked to wait outside before voting.
“The presiding officer is confident that all voters who were asked to wait were ultimately able to vote.”
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From 12pm: First results expected from the 46 Scottish parliamentary constituencies counting on Friday.
The constituencies are Aberdeen Central; Aberdeen Donside; Aberdeenshire East; Airdrie & Shotts; Angus North & Mearns; Argyll & Bute; Ayr; Banffshire & Buchan Coast; Caithness, Sutherland & Ross; Clydebank & Milngavie; Coatbridge & Chryston; Cowdenbeath; Cunninghame North; Cunninghame South; Dumbarton; Dundee City West; East Lothian; Eastwood; Edinburgh Central; Edinburgh Southern; Edinburgh Western; Ettrick, Roxburgh & Berwickshire; Falkirk East; Glasgow Anniesland; Glasgow Maryhill & Springburn; Glasgow Pollok; Glasgow Southside; Greenock & Inverclyde; Hamilton, Larkhall & Stonehouse; Inverness & Nairn; Kilmarnock & Irvine Valley; Kirkcaldy; Linlithgow; Midlothian North & Musselburgh; Moray; Motherwell & Wishaw; Na h-Eileanan an Iar; North East Fife; Orkney Islands; Paisley; Perthshire North; Renfrewshire North & West; Rutherglen; Shetland Islands; Stirling; and Strathkelvin & Bearsden.
Tories win Hartlepool by-election
- The Conservatives have won the Hartlepool by-election, taking the constituency for the first time since it was created almost 50 years ago, with Jill Mortimer defeating Labour candidate Dr Paul Williams by 6,940 votes.
A 30ft inflatable Boris Johnson erected outside Mill House Leisure Centre in Hartlepool, where the Conservatives have taken the seat from Labour
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Blow for Keir Starmer and Labour as Hartlepool elects Tory MP for first time in a generation
Hopes of a Labour revival under Sir Keir Starmer have suffered a massive blow after the Conservative Party won the Hartlepool by-election – taking the constituency for the first time since it was created almost 50 years ago.
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Milling “absolutely delighted” to topple Labour
Conservative Party co-chair Amanda Milling said she is “absolutely delighted” by the result in Hartlepool and said the people in the town “wanted to see change”.
She told the BBC’s Today programme: “This was about change in terms of, for 57 years they’ve had a Labour member of Parliament, they’ve felt like they’ve been taken for granted for that period of time.
“In 2019, again we didn’t win that seat, Labour won the seat again, but you know since the general election we made the promise to the people across the country that we’d get Brexit done, we’ve done that.
“Bearing in mind the people of Hartlepool voted 69.5% to leave the European Union and we have delivered that for them.”
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