Leaders cast ballots as General Election voting gets under way in Scotland

Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon said the results of the election were disappointing for her party but were disastrous for Prime Minister Theresa May.

Overall the party was projected to win between 32 and 37 seats in Westminster, down from 56 of 59 possible Scottish seats.

The SNP also lost out in East Renfrewshire, this time to the Tories.

Mr Mundell predicted gains for the Conservatives north of the border including wins in their three target seats across the south of Scotland, which would include a successful defence of his Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale seat.

But it is hard to interpret the results north of the border as anything other than a blow for Nicola Sturgeon's plans for another independence referendum. "But I've always said - the SNP would want to be part of a progressive alternative to a Tory government".

Ruth Davidson, whose Scottish Conservatives ejected both Mr Salmond from Gordon and Mr Robertson from Moray, said her party had enjoyed an "historic night".

After his defeat, he added: "I will not be the leader of the third political party in the House of Commons".

One seat regained and two others where massive majorities were reduced to dozens of votes was a result no-one in Glasgow Labour expected and they admitted as much.

"You've not seen the last of my bonnet and me", he said, quoting a song by the Jacobites - an 18th-century movement of Scottish patriots.

The Scottish Conservative result matched the highest expectations of some of their most optimistic members during the campaign, but the scale of the vote swing towards them throughout Scotland was remarkable.

"I am very positive about tonight".

Asked about the exchange, Mr Corbyn refused to be drawn, saying: "The priority is the election of a Labour government".

With an easy, raucous laugh, she is a self-described "shovel-faced lesbian", a literature graduate and a former journalist who says the army taught her the art of leadership when she was a reservist.

'Also looking at the global education league tables, from Scotland being very proud of their education system, we have been getting some of the worst results, for decades.

Well, the best person to put that question to this morning is Nicola Sturgeon.

With the Tories having lost their majority in the Commons, the First Minister continued: "UK-wide, we will seek to work with others to halt hard Brexit and bring an end to austerity, where business as usual can not be an option".

  • Arturo Norris