SNP suffers huge losses as Labour sweeps to power across UK

Labour victories wash across Scotland and the rest of the UK as the SNP vote share plummets.

SNP suffers huge losses as Labour sweeps to power across UK
Key Points
  • SNP suffers huge losses at General Election with party set for fewer than 10 seats – down from 48
  • Keir Starmer will become the next Labour prime minister with a huge majority
  • Rishi Sunak concedes election to Labour and says it is a ‘sobering result’ that he takes responsibility for

The Scottish National Party has suffered catastrophic losses to Labour at the General Election with the party set for fewer than 10 seats.

It won 48 seats at the last election in 2019 but was beaten by Keir Starmer’s party in dozens of seats across Scotland.

Starmer is now set to become the next prime minister of the UK with a huge majority.

The SNP has been the dominant party in Scotland since its landslide victory in 2015.

First Minister John Swinney pledged his party would do some “soul searching” after a “very poor” performance.

The SNP held all of the seats in Glasgow and all but one in the Scottish capital.

With more than half of Scotland’s constituencies declared, the Labour Party has been dominant, taking back seats lost in the turmoil of the past decade.

The Scottish Lib Dems held on to their seat in Edinburgh West.

But the SNP – which has suffered heavy defeats – faces a period of “soul searching”, according to Swinney.

“It’s a very poor result for the SNP tonight,” he said.

“There will have to be a lot of soul searching as a party as a consequence of these results that have come in tonight.”

The SNP, Swinney said, has to be “better at governing on behalf of the people of Scotland”, adding that the party was not “winning the argument” on Scottish independence.

He said: “Although we’re going to have a bad election result tonight, I still believe in my head and in my heart that Scotland will be better off as an independent country.

“But we’re obviously not winning that argument with the public to make that a priority at this moment, so we’ve got to think long and hard about how we address that question and I don’t think that in the early hours of the morning after a General Election I can give you the definitive answer to what we do in that circumstance.”

Speaking as he arrived at the Glasgow count, Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar said the push for change will begin on Friday.

It comes as his party beat the SNP in the early results in Scotland, with substantial swings to Labour.

“I’m confident we’re going to win this election in Scotland and I’m confident we’ll have a majority in Scotland,” he said.

Starmer’s party has taken Kilmarnock and Loudon, West Dunbartonshire, Paisley and Renfrewshire South and East Kilbride and Strathaven in the early hours of Friday morning, each with substantial swings between the two parties.

Among the Labour victories was former international development secretary Douglas Alexander, who won with 23,555 after losing his seat in 2015.

Elsewhere, the SNP’s Westminster leader Stephen Flynn was re-elected in Aberdeen South and Kirsty Blackman retained her Aberdeen North seat.

The SNP’s campaign centred around calls for talks on another independence referendum if the party won a majority of seats at the election.

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross said the exit poll predicts a “historically bad” result for the Tories across the UK.

He said he does not regret his last-minute decision to stand in Aberdeenshire North and Moray East, but predicted an “extremely close” result.

Speaking from the Aberdeen count, he said: “It is a historically bad night, there is no shying away from that at all and there will be a huge amount of reflection on the campaign and also clearly the last few years.

“It has been particularly difficult and there’s no denying that and whoever forms the next parliamentary party will look at the options going forward and will assess the current state of play in the Conservative party and how it rebuilds after this election result.”

He said he does not regret his last-minute decision to stand but predicted an “extremely close” result.

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