Election a disaster for PM May: Sturgeon

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon with husband Peter Murrell cast their votes in the UK General Elections 2017 at Broomhouse Community Hall Glasgow

Election a disaster for PM May: Sturgeon

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.

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".

Nicola Sturgeon's admission that her push for a second independence referendum cost her party votes, is the main story in The Scotsman. "But I've always said - the SNP would want to be part of a progressive alternative to a Tory government".

The Scottish National Party will work to forge an alliance to keep Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives out of power after the inconclusive result to the United Kingdom's national election, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said today.

Ms Sturgeon said later on Twitter she was "proud that the SNP won the election in Scotland with more MPs than all other parties combined".

The party had banked on widespread Scottish anger with the result of the 2016 Brexit referendum, which was opposed by 62% of Scots, to force through another attempt to leave the Union with the idea of re-joining Europe as an independent nation.

And her historic success left SNP dreams of a second independence referendum in tatters on a dramatic night in Scotland.

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.

Labour won seven seats, up from the single one held by Ian Murray, who increased his majority in Edinburgh to more than 15,000 and said voters had "hammered the final nail into the independence coffin". This is about the SNP reviewing its strategy to get from where we are now to persuading over 50 per cent of the Scottish people that independence is the right way forward for Scotland.

The party ended the night with 35 MPs and just under 37% of the vote - a result substantially down on the 50% of the vote they secured in 2015 which gave them 56 MPs.

The Scotland edition of The Times says the "diminished" prime minister was forced to promise Philip Hammond a greater say over Brexit - despite planning to sack him after the election. "It will be like that, it won't be subtle, it will be a distinct group which will be at the disposal of the UK Conservative party when Ruth thinks it's good for Scotland".

With a stunning exit poll predicting the UK Conservatives would lose their parliamentary majority and the opposition Labour party poised to gain considerably, results of the high-stakes and closely watched British election began to emerge early Friday. "Nicola Sturgeon has failed to achieve the "triple lock" on a second referendum, which formed the centrepiece of the SNP manifesto".

Meanwhile, there is much more life in the SNP's political opponents.

Remarkably, a disastrous night for the Conservatives in England was just about salvaged by the performance of the Tories' Scottish wing. "But it would be the wrong thing for me to do at this hour to take decisions before having had the opportunity to properly think about it", she said.

But the SNP's support for independence was not the only factor in its election travails.

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