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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 'desperate' for Scotland to become independent

Nicola Sturgeon said she was "desperate" for Scotland to become independent - but insisted that the decision over whether to hold a second referendum would lie with voters.

It comes as the SNP secured an historic third term in charge at yesterday's elections, with 63 seats - but fell just short of the 65 which would have given them a majority for the second time.

Speaking after she retained her Glasgow Southside seat, she said:

Everybody knows I desperately want to see Scotland become an independent country, but the decision on that will always lie where it firmly belongs, and that is in the hands of the Scottish people.

– Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister

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