Five reasons why the SNP lost seats in the general election
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 22, 2017,
Jun 22, 2017, 1:02
Mrs May called a snap general election in an attempt to strengthen her hand in forthcoming Brexit talks - and quell the nationalists' ongoing agitation for a second independence referendum.
But although the left-wing, secessionist party finished top in Scotland, winning 35 of its 59 seats, it was 21 down on the number it won in 2015, losing constituencies to the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats.
Asked about the impact of the lost SNP seats on her desire to hold a second independence referendum, Ms Sturgeon said: "Like most politicians I have not had any sleep and I am not going to take any rash decisions".
Scotland was the only good news for a Conservative Party that lost its overall majority in the British parliament.
"Undoubtedly the issue of an independence referendum was a factor in this election result, but I think there were other factors in this election result as well", she said.
He said the election result shows Labour is "back" and had "hammered the final nail in that coffin" of a second independence referendum.
"Many independence supporters who had previously supported the SNo switched their allegiance to Corbyn's Labour Party costing us votes and seats", he said.
1/5 Congratulations to all newly elected MPs.
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.
Sturgeon had called for the power to hold another referendum when the terms of the U.K.'s Brexit deal are known.
Last night a spokesman for the Scottish Conservatives said: "The reality is that the party in Scotland already has autonomy and has done for the last few years".
The sizable losses appear to be a repudiation of the party's promise to push for Scots to go back to the polls for another vote for independence.
Other prominent nationalists who lost their seats were Mike Weir, who had represented Angus in the House of Commons since 2001, and Tasmina Ahmed-Sheik, who lost the Ochil and South Perthshire seat to the Tories.
"Clearly I have to reflect on the result of the election and I will take time to do that".
In many instances this was the Conservative candidate, as the party has successfully positioned itself as the most strident defender of the Union under the leadership of Ruth Davidson.
But the SNP's support for independence was not the only factor in its election travails.
Sturgeon said she would now seek an alliance with like-minded parties to try to keep the Conservatives out of government and to keep both Scotland and the United Kingdom within the single European market as part of the Brexit talks.
This is her opportunity to do so - and I urge her to take it immediately.
Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson said last night's result put an end to Sturgeon's demand for another disruptive vote.