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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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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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