General election result: Everything you need to know this morning

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

Derek Mackay, the SNP's business convener and Scotland's finance secretary, insisted on Thursday night that such a result would nevertheless constitute victory for the nationalists north of the English border - and would still be vastly better than the six seats that the SNP held at Westminster before 2015.

The Prime Minister needs the continued support of the 13 Scottish Tory MPs for votes to pass in her favour in the House of Commons. "I think we can have a tremendous amount of leverage".

She also insisted her party had won the election in Scotland - returning more MPs than its rivals combined.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said that the prospect of a second referendum was "dead" after a "historic" night in which party recorded its best general election performance since 1983.

Nigel Farage, the former leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), was scathing of May.

She may yet prove key to choosing a new leader to replace the party's nationwide leader, Prime Minister Theresa May, whose future is now in question.

Policies that appealed to voters who left Labour for the SNP before, during and after the 2014 referendum brought many back.

The First Minister said she was "disappointed" by the results, which saw both depute leader Angus Robertson and former first minister Alex Salmond dramatically defeated by the Conservatives.

Sturgeon told the BBC that a "post-Brexit uncertainty" was a factor in people's voting choices, and "certainly the independence referendum is part of that".

The SNP also lost Mike Weir, who had been the MP for Angus since 2001, and culture spokesman John Nicolson in East Dunbartonshire.

All three national British parties won just one seat each in 2015.

"If Ruth disagrees with something, she says so", said a former Conservative party adviser.

Mr Robertson, who had been the SNP's leader at Westminster, had been defending a majority of more than 9,000 but he was felled by Conservative Douglas Ross.

Mr Salmond, who was first elected as an MP 30 years ago in 1987, lost his Gordon constituency to Tory Colin Clark who overturned a majority of 8,687 to win by 2,607 votes.

The sizable losses appear to have been a repudiation of the party's promise to send Scots back to the polls for a second independence vote. They are now expected to claim high-profile SNP political scalps as the results come in. Her stance, a far cry from that of Sturgeon, was based on understanding "the street." .

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.

1,328). They also retook second place in two long-lost highland strongholds: Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey (formerly Danny Alexander's seat) and Ross, Skye, & Lochaber, and increased their vote substantially nearly everywhere.

Mrs Sturgeon, who is also Scotland's first minister, remains powerful-but she is damaged.

Recommended News

  • Amazing features on Google Maps

    Amazing features on Google Maps

    Add a parking lot or garage to your destination Google Maps can direct you straight to your chosen parking lot or garage. Create your own custom map You can create your own custom map with places that matter to you or your favourite places.
    Police identifies third attacker of London attack

    Police identifies third attacker of London attack

    While a formal identification is yet to take place, investigators believe he is 22-year-old Youssef Zaghba from East London . The Frenchman was walking south on the bridge with his girlfriend Christine Delcros when the van ploughed into pedestrians.
    NBA Draft rumors: Lonzo Ball 'didn't blow the Lakers away' at workout

    NBA Draft rumors: Lonzo Ball 'didn't blow the Lakers away' at workout

    He will command a room and could go as high as No. 2 in this draft, possibly to the Lakers . The Lakers are considering both of those players with the second overall pick in the draft.
  • Is Apple's New HomePod Speaker Everything You Want It to Be?

    Is Apple's New HomePod Speaker Everything You Want It to Be?

    Among other things, there are redesigns in the App Store , Calculator, and Podcasts, with a new app drawer in Messages . The iPhone screen will be locked to prevent drivers from using their apps while driving, CNN reports .

    House, Senate investigators seek Trump tapes, Comey memos

    Earlier in the day on Twitter , the president claimed "total and complete vindication" in the wake of Comey's testimony . Mr Comey maintains Mr Trump fired him because of the Russian Federation inquiry.
    Trump to keep U.S.  embassy in Tel Aviv - for now

    Trump to keep U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv - for now

    Written into that act was a provision that allowed the president to sign a six-month waiver that would delay the move. INSKEEP: Obviously, it was very convenient for Congress to vote to move the embassy, but nobody actually does it.
  • Theresa May finalises cabinet amidst leadership uproar in Conservative party

    Few, not least Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May , expected the UK's prospects to have changed so dramatically overnight. Mrs May said the government formed with the DUP's help would provide "certainty" for the future.
    Apple Touts New Macs, Amazon Prime Video On Apple TV

    Apple Touts New Macs, Amazon Prime Video On Apple TV

    It will block videos that start playing automatically, for instance, and can also prevent ads from following and profiling users. If you've got the cash for these new iMacs with similar design and refreshed internals, it will set you back by at least $1,099.

    Trump probably won't use executive privilege to stop Comey from testifying

    That they - they assessed that they really wanted Trump to win it and were working to help him win and her lose. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, that Comey would be testifying before the committee on June 8.
  • North Korea Launches Four Anti-Ship Missiles

    South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that North Korea fired several projectiles off its east coast on Thursday. Washington says it is willing to enter into talks with Pyongyang , but only if it halts its missile and nuclear tests.

    Iran says IS-claimed attacks killed 16

    He said anti-Iranian remarks by Saudi Arabia's foreign minister and US President Donald Trump are a "matter of disgrace" for them. An official said previously that those who attacked the parliament complex had been dressed as women.

    French Open 2017: Nadal sets up final against Wawrinka

    Humor aside, the Americans' reactions are a sample of the anguish that players must overcome to challenge Nadal on clay. From this point previous year until the end of the season, Murray lost just three matches and hoovered up eight titles.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.