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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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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.

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