Published: Tue, June 13, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Election a disaster for PM May: Sturgeon

Election a disaster for PM May: Sturgeon

Sturgeon said that while the SNP finished first in Scotland "It is an inescapable fact that we also suffered some bitterly disappointing losses".

Salmond lost his Gordon seat to the Tory Colin Clark, while SNP deputy leader Robertson lost Moray to Tory Douglas Ross - who overturned a majority of more than 9,000.

The SNP had hoped Brexit might convince a majority of Scots to vote for independence a second time around, but gains for the unionist Conservative Party, who picked up twelve seats in Scotland, as well as Labour, who got an extra six, bely that assertion.

The Tories were confident of a revival north of the border after their success in last year's Scottish Parliament elections and leader Ruth Davidson's popular campaign against a second referendum.

Critics of the Prime Minister say the result is a rejection of her pursuit of a so-called "hard Brexit", shorthand for the United Kingdom leaving the single market, exiting the customs union and ending freedom of movement from Europe.

In the early hours of Friday morning, Sturgeon said that the poor results meant that she would need to "reflect" on the appetite for a referendum.

"Folk might remember I fought a leadership election on the other side of that particular argument", she added.

"It is the policy of both the Conservative Party and the UK Labour Party to respect the Brexit referendum result".

RUTH Davidson has dismissed suggestions she will try and split from the Scottish Tories away from the UK-wide Conservatives as "b***cks".

Natural gas built Qatar, now may protect it in Gulf dispute
He denied that Qatar supported groups like the Muslim Brotherhood that its neighbours oppose, or had warmer ties with Iran . Qatar's biggest Asian clients are Japan, India and South Korea, according to energy research firm Wood Mackenzie.

Ms Sturgeon said: "Undoubtedly the issue of an independence referendum was a factor in this election result, but I think there were other factors in this election result as well".

The SNP now have 35 Westminster MPS, down from the 56 they took in their phenomenal 2010 victory in Scotland.

A previous call for a special deal to keep Scotland in the single market was rejected by the UK Government, prompting Ms Sturgeon to demand a second independence referendum when the Brexit process was triggered in March.

"There is clearly uncertainty around Brexit and independence which clearly will be factor in tonight's results", she said.

Ms Black became the youngest MP when she won the seat in 2015 at the age of 20, ousting then Labour shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander.

The SNP wants Theresa May to rethink her Brexit strategy.

In a curious reversal of 2015, when the SNP took 40 Scottish seats including those of former cabinet ministers, name recognition appeared to have little bearing on constituency results.

After being elected to the Scottish Parliament in the year it opened, he quit as SNP leader in 2000 amid internal party disputes, only to launch a comeback in 2004.

In light of recent terror attacks in Manchester and London, the Prime Minister vowed to "crack down on the ideology of extremists" as she promised "put fairness and opportunity at the heart of everything we do".

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