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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

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".

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Sturgeon: Collapse in Labour support is 'staggering'

Nicola Sturgeon's Glasgow Southside seat went to the vote on Thursday Credit: PA

The collapse in Labour support across Scotland is "quite staggering", according to Nicola Sturgeon.

Speaking on Friday morning, the Scottish First Minister said elections across the country on Thursday were a "huge vote of confidence in the SNP's record in government".

Ms Sturgeon, whose Glasgow Southside seat went to the vote on Thursday, added that the pattern of voting was an indicator of the people's "trust in our ability to lead the country".

"What we're seeing tonight, not just across Glasgow but the central belt of Scotland, is the SNP replacing Labour - the collapse in Labour support is quite staggering", she said.

Labour facing 'cataclysmic' result in Scottish elections

Labour could finish behind the Conservatives in Scotland. Credit: PA

Scottish Labour is facing its worst ever electoral performance at Holyrood, early indications suggest.

The party is facing the prospect of finishing third in Scotland - behind the Scottish National Party (SNP) and the Conservatives - something John Mann MP said would be "cataclysmic for morale".

The first declarations for the Holyrood vote point to a swing away from Labour to the Tories.

The SNP's Clare Haughey won Rutherglen from Labour's James Kelly, while Stewart McMillan took Greenock and Inverclyde, again from Labour. Elsewhere, Jackson Carlaw of the Conservatives won Eastwood from Labour's Ken Macintosh, who finished third behind the SNP.

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