SNP's Westminster leader Robertson ousted in third loss to Conservatives

The SNP lost seats to the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats in the election - with other high-profile casualties including John Nicolson, Mike Weir and Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh.

The final Scottish seat to declare was Fife North East, where there were three recounts before Stephen Gethins of the SNP was declared the victor after finishing just two votes ahead of the Lib Dem candidate.

Duncan Glassey, founding partner and director of Edinburgh-based IFA Wealthflow said this result reflects Scots wanting to "stand tall" with the rest of the United Kingdom on the big challenges Brexit presents.

Sturgeon's party, which almost swept the board in Scotland two years ago, lost heavyweights to a Conservative Party reinvigorated by Scottish leader Ruth Davidson.

In a hard night for the SNP, they also lost Dunbartonshire East to the Liberal Democrats.

Speaking as the SNP's deputy leader lost his Moray seat to Conservative challenger Douglas Ross, CNN's Nic Robertson said that he had "noticed some sensitivity with Angus Robertson" on the campaign trail.

Asked what the implications of the result would be for her hopes for independence, Ms Sturgeon told the BBC: "I'm going to take time to reflect on this".

"We saw that and we felt that".

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon arrived late in the night to congratulate the other re-elected MPs - Carol Monaghan, Alison Thewliss, Stuart McDonald, Patrick Grady and Chris Stephens - but the celebrations were just as jubilant among Labour activists.

"But overall results show the SNP will win a majority of the seats in this country and a majority of the votes".

Professor Iain Begg, from the London School of Economics, said it was a "disastrous" election for the SNP.

But Murdo Fraser, a Conservative member of the Scottish parliament, dismissed the SNP's claim that a result in line with the exit poll would make the nationalists winners. She may yet prove key to chosing a new leader to replace the party's nationwide leader, Prime Minister Theresa May, whose future is now in question.

"Now, we have to wait and see how things shake out".

"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".

The SNP lynchpin and ex-party leader was defeated by Colin Clark in Gordon.

After Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap election, the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats focused their campaigns in Scotland on preserving the 300-year old union.

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said she was "hugely encouraged" by the results.

"I think everybody had written us off and what we've got is six fantastic Labour MPs joining Ian Murray in the House of Commons, she said".

She said plans for a second independence referendum were "undoubtedly" a factor in party losing seats.

Together, we've gone far.

The first results from Scotland are expected to be returned in the early hours of the morning, between 1.30am and 2.30am.

  • Zachary Reyes