Election 2015: SNP wins 56 of 59 seats in Scots landslide

Election 2015: SNP wins 56 of 59 seats in Scots landslide


The SNP has recorded a historic landslide general election victory in Scotland, winning 56 out of 59 seats.

Labour has been left with just one MP north of the border, but its Scottish leader Jim Murphy, who lost his seat, said he would continue in his post.

The Liberal Democrats lost 10 seats with only Alistair Carmichael holding on in Orkney and Shetland.

The Conservatives held Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale – the other seat to withstand the SNP tsunami.

The headlines of the night were:

◾ Results across Scotland saw the SNP win 50 seats, Labour lose 40 and the Lib Dems lose 10
◾the SNP won a 50% share of the vote in Scotland, Labour won just 24.3%
◾the SNP won all seven seats in Glasgow with the country’s biggest swing – 39.3% from Labour – in Glasgow North East;
◾the SNP also took every seat in Tayside, all six seats in the north east of Scotland, made huge gains in Edinburgh and Fife and wiped out the Lib Dems in the Highlands and Islands
◾massive Labour losses including Scottish leader Jim Murphy who has vowed to fight on
◾the one Labour seat to be won in Scotland belonged to Ian Murray in Edinburgh South
◾the Scottish Conservatives hold their only seat in the south of Scotland
◾police probe possible allegations of fraudulent voting at three Scottish counts
◾see live coverage of the results and reaction to the SNP victory
◾the Conservatives win a majority at Westminster.

The scale of the SNP’s rout of Labour is unprecedented.

It won by 10,000 votes in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, which had previously been held by former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

In East Renfrewshire, the SNP’s Kirsten Oswald defeated Mr Murphy – who had been defending a majority of 10,400 – by 3,718 votes.


ARTICLE SOURCE: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2015-scotland-32635871

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