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SNP celebrate as Tories push Labour to third in Scotland polls

Nicola Sturgeon declared the SNP has "made history" by winning a third term in government at Holyrood but the party failed to reach a majority.

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

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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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