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SNP fails to secure second majority in Holyrood parliament

Nicola Sturgeon declared the SNP has "made history" by winning a third term in government at Holyrood Credit: PA

The SNP has failed to secure a second majority at Holyrood, winning 63 of the 129 seats at the Scottish Parliament.

The Scottish Conservatives had their best ever result, securing 31 MSPs, while Labour suffered its worst result since devolution with 24 MSPs.

'This will be a seismic change in Scottish politics'

Scottish Secretary David Mundell has hailed a "seismic change" in politics politics north of the border after an election night which looks set to put the Conservatives as the official opposition.

David Mundell praised Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson Credit: PA

The Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale MP praised Scotland's Tory leader Ruth Davidson for pushing the party into second place ahead of Labour.

He said the results were "good for Scotland, good for the Scottish Parliament".

Ruth has demonstrated throughout this campaign that she is the one politician that can go toe-to-toe with Nicola Sturgeon, that she can stand up to demands for a second referendum.

She can also scrutinise the SNP and make sure they deliver on promises they have made on health, on education, and I think by doing that we will get better government and that will be good for everyone in Scotland. It will be a seismic change in Scottish politics that the Scottish Conservatives are the second party in the Scottish Parliament.

I was a candidate back in those first elections in 1999, it would have been incredible to think the Scottish Conservatives could have finished ahead of Labour and be the official opposition.

It demonstrates that Ruth has transformed our party in Scotland, taken it forward and given us, I hope, a very significant role in the next Scottish Parliament.

– David Mundell, Scottish Secretary

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Raging wildfires in Canada force more evacuations

A Canadian mountie surveys the devastation in one area hit by the blaze

Wildfires raging out of control in Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada, have forced a new round of evacuations and threatened more homes to the city's south.

Residents sheltering in camps to the north of the city were cut off by flames and warned they would have to move out for a second time as fire fighters struggle to contain the blaze.

Meanwhile, the communities of Anzac and Gregoire Lake Estates about 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of Fort McMurray were "under extreme threat," late Thursday, as the flames spread to the southeast.

A Canadian Joint Operations Command aerial photo shows wildfires near Fort McMurray Credit: MCpl VanPutten/CF Operations/Reuters

More than 1,600 homes and business have been destroyed by the fires. Authorities have warned that the situation remains "extreme" with a total of 49 wildfires still burning on Thursday night, seven of which were considered out of control.

The Alberta premier Rachel Notley has warned it may be some time before residents can return home.

It is simply not possible, nor is it responsible to speculate on a time when citizens will be able to return. We do know that it will not be a matter of days.

– Rachel Notley

SNP 'may not win second majority at Holyrood'

The Scottish National Party (SNP) may not have secured a second overall majority in the Scottish Parliament - but are by far the largest party, with more seats than the Tories, Labour and Lib Dems combined.

Nicola Sturgeon retained her seat Credit: PA

The Scottish elections are designed to make it all but impossible for any one party to have overall control - but the SNP defeated the odds at the last election in 2011, securing the first majority since the opening of Holyrood.

But, with 115 results in from 129 seats, it seems unlikely to repeat the feat.

So far, the SNP has 60 seats, while the Conservatives have 25, Labour have 20, the Liberal Democrats have four and Scottish Greens have six.

The SNP need 65 seats for a majority.

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Ukip wins first seats in Welsh Assembly

Ukip has won the party's first seats in the Welsh Assembly, with five members elected.

Nathan Gill and Michelle Brown were selected for the North Wales regional list, Mark Reckless and David Rowlands were elected in in South Wales East, while Caroline Jones won a seat in South Wales West.

Leader Nigel Farage recalled surviving a plane crash six years ago as he hailed the party's gains on Twitter.

Farage suffered serious injuries in the accident, which happened as he fought an unsuccessful bid to become MP for Buckingham. He later made a full recovery.

Ukip was opposed to the Assembly's existence until 2013.

Labour remains on course to retain power in the Senedd for a fifth successive term.

Corbyn under fire as election results roll in

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has come under fire from some of his MPs after devastating losses for the party in Scotland - despite performing better than expected in England.

Jeremy Corbyn has come under fire from MPs Credit: PA

After overnight counts were completed, Labour had lost overall control of one council and a total of seven seats, while the Tories had gained nine seats and the Lib Dems had gained four.

Results from the remaining 46 councils are expected from 11am.

Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox said the results were "not good enough", while Bermondsey and Old Southwark MP Neil Coyle - who nominated Mr Corbyn for the leadership - said Labour was "moving away" from the possibility of being in power come 2020.

He blamed senior figures' "fixation" with "peripheral" issues such as unilateral nuclear disarmament for failing to attract voters.

After six years of a Conservative-led government, he said, Labour "shouldn't be losing seats, it's as simple as that."

And Labour peer Lord Peter Hain warned that Mr Corbyn had "not shown anything like an ability to... win the centre ground votes that we need to win a general election."

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Leanne Wood victory in Rhondda 'shock result of election'

Leanne Wood's victory in the Rhondda can be confidently called the shock result of this election, even with some seats still to declare.

Leanne Wood won the Rhondda by a significant margin. Credit: PA

The Plaid Cymru leader took a huge political risk by deciding to contest her home constituency, a decision she took when it was not certain that the option of standing on the regional list as well would be available.

Plaid Cymru did win the Rhondda in the first Assembly election, in 1999 but Labour had since rebuilt its vote and party organisation under Leighton Andrews, a formidable political figure, who will be a major loss to Labour.

He was expected to continue as minister for public services, driving forward controversial local government reforms.

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