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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.

South Scotland list MSPs announced

The regional member seat results for the South Scotland region have been announced.

The SNP have three MSPs elected, with two Conservative and two Labour MSPs.

  • Claudia Beamish (Scottish Labour)
  • Joan McAlpine (SNP)
  • Rachael Hamilton (Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party)
  • Emma Harper (SNP)
  • Colin Smyth (Scottish Labour)
  • Paul Wheelhouse (SNP)
  • Brian Whittle (Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party)

Scottish Parliament Elections 2016: SNP hold Midlothian South, Tweeddale & Lauderdale

The Scottish National Party HOLD Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale.

Christine Grahame held the seat with 16,031 votes.

  • Christine Grahame, SNP - 16,031
  • Michelle Ballantyne, Conservative - 10,163
  • Fiona Dugdale, Labour - 5,701
  • Kris Chapman, Liberal Democrats - 3,686

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Davidson hails 'incredible result' for Scottish Tories

The Tories' leader in Scotland has hailed an "incredible result" which looks likely to put the Conservatives in second place north of the border, ahead of Labour.

Ruth Davidson celebrates after winning a seat in Edinburgh Central from the SNP Credit: PA

Ruth Davidson - who won the Edinburgh Central seat from the Scottish National Party (SNP) - said her campaign had focused on providing a "strong opposition" to the ruling SNP.

She also admitted she realised those who had voted for the party were unlikely to be "true blue Conservatives".

I fully recognise and understand there are many people that have given us their vote for the very first time, not because they're true blue Conservatives, but because there's a job of work they want us to do.

I hope the message that was resonating was of being a strong opposition, to hold the SNP to account, to saying no to a second independence referendum, to respect the decision that our country made and to really focus on the things we're paying a government to focus on, on schools, on hospitals, on public services.

That's what people want.

– Ruth Davidson, Scottish Conservative leader
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Dugdale 'heartbroken' at Labour losses in Scotland

Labour's leader in Scotland has said she was "heartbroken" by overnight election results which look set to push the party into third place, behind the Tories.

'Heartbroken': Kezia Dugdale Credit: PA

Kezia Dugdale said it was clear even the Conservative candidates had not expected to perform as well as they had.

[I'm] heartbroken, without question. You can see from the reaction of the Tories that they are indeed surprised about how well they've done tonight.

There's no doubt that our defeat for the Labour Party is painful, but it is not the end of our campaign. We will continue to argue for Labour values, Labour ideas and Labour principles.

– Kezia Dugdale, Scottish Labour leader

She also ruled out stepping down, saying "burning through leaders" was "not the answer".

Scottish Parliament Elections 2016: Conservative HOLD Ettrick, Roxburgh & Berwickshire

Conservative HOLD Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire.

John Lamont wins the seat with 55.17% of the vote.

  • John Lamont, Scottish Conservative Party - 18,257
  • Paul Wheelhouse, SNP - 10,521
  • Jim Hume, Liberal Democrats - 2,551
  • Barrie Cunning, Scottish Labour - 1,766

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