Alex Salmond praises Gordon constituency after General Election loss to Tories
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 10:26
The SNP have lost very fine parliamentarians this evening and that is a grievous blow to the SNP.
During the campaign, Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson had declared it would be an "Ed Balls moment" if her party could eject the SNP's depute leader - referring to Labour's former shadow chancellor losing his seat in 2015.
"Once we know what the final result is tomorrow ... we will want to, if we possibly can, try to be part a progressive alliance which is an alternative to the Tories".
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said she was "hugely encouraged" by the results.
They will lose more than 20 of those seats in this election.
Out: Alex Salmond first became an SNP in 1987.
He added: "I've been in politics 30 years, politics has slings and arrows and we must expect the democratic verdict of the people".
"I'm disappointed at the SNP losses but I'm pleased that we've won the election".
The SNP lynchpin and ex-party leader was defeated by Colin Clark in Gordon.
Mr Salmond said: "Gordon is the most fantastic and diverse constituency in the whole of Scotland and I wish you well in representing it Colin".
Defended by Mike Weir, Angus is one of six core SNP constituencies the party had held in successive elections before its landslide victories in 2015 brought it 56 of Scotland's 59 seats.
Labour claimed the first scalp of the election in Scotland, ousting the SNP in Rutherglen and Hamilton West.
The Liberal Democrats took their tally of MPs in Scotland from one to four, with former United Kingdom government minister Jo Swinson one of the victors after winning back the East Dunbartonshire seat she had lost in 2015.
Party leader Nicola Sturgeon described the losses as "disappointing" and said "clearly there's thinking for me to do about the SNP result".
Ian Murray, who had been the only Labour MP in 2015, retained Edinburgh South with a massively increased majority as the party won a total of seven seats.
"So the SNP might well find itself in reduced numbers in the House of Commons, but in a position of very substantial influence indeed".
"I think it's very clear that any plan Nicola Sturgeon had for a second independence referendum has to disappear as a result of this election". There were so many SNP MPs who had 10,000 or larger majorities who now find they are sitting on perhaps a dozen or just under 100.
"I am grateful for these times and for the activists of the SNP who have made the many electoral successes possible".