Last updated: Friday, 07 May, 2021, 17:36
- Sturgeon plays down chances of SNP majority
- Willie Rennie holds North East Fife
- SNP cling on in Banffshire and Buchan Coast
- SNP gain East Lothian from Labour
Top stories and analysis from The Scotsman’s politics team
The SNP have snatched the seat of Ayr from the Scottish Conservatives by just 170 votes.
Siobhan Brown won 18,881 votes, compared to John Scott’s 18,711.
Scottish Labour trailed on 4,766, followed by the Lib Dems on 808 votes.
Evelyn Tweed has been elected MSP for Stirling.
Sturgeon says SNP majority is ‘very, very long shot’
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon is “extremely confident” the party is heading back into power at Holyrood – although she conceded winning an overall majority of MSPs there was a “very, very long shot”.
Humza Yousaf has been re-elected in Glasgow Pollok with 18,163 votes.
Scottish Labour’s Zubir Ahmed came second on 11,058 votes, followed by Sandesh Gulhane of the Scottish Conservatives on 1,849.
SNP hold on to two Labour targets
The SNP has held two seats on Scottish Labour’s list of targets. Annabelle Ewing won Cowdenbeath, while Clare Haughey took Rutherglen.
SNP hold Renfrewshire North and West
SNP hold Strathkelvin and Bearsden
Rona Mackay has been re-elected as the SNP MSP for Strathkelvin and Bearsden.
Neil Gray is given his messages
Sturgeon calls Fransen a ‘thug’ in victory speech
Nicola Sturgeon also addressed the confrontation on polling day when she was accosted in the street by the former deputy leader of Britain First, Jayda Fransen, who stood as an independent in Glasgow Southside.
Speaking after winning the constituency while Ms Fransen secured 46 votes, Ms Sturgeon said: “Yesterday, not for the first time, the constituency was targeted by far-right thugs.
“The far-right thug who led that confrontation got 46 votes and I’m proud that once again Glasgow Southside has shown the racists and the fascists that they are not welcome in Glasgow Southside, they are not welcome in Glasgow and they are not welcome anywhere in Scotland and let that be a note of unity.”
On Thursday Ms Sturgeon called convicted criminal Ms Fransen “racist” after she accused the First Minister of “flooding” the country with immigrants.
The Scotsman analysis: What next for John Swinney?
John Swinney became the first of the remaining class of 1999 to be re-elected to the Scottish Parliament following his victory in his constituency of Perthshire North.
But what lies in store now?
Rennie: Now is not the moment for IndyRef2
Scottish Liberal Democrats leader Willie Rennie said “now is not the moment” for another Scottish independence referendum as he held his North East Fife seat.
Mr Rennie won 22,163 votes, compared to SNP candidate Rhuaraidh Fleming, who took 14,715.
Speaking after holding onto his seat, Mr Rennie said: “I hope all the candidates in this election hear the message from the voters that now is not the moment for another referendum.
“We need to listen to that.”
Christina McKelvie wins Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse for SNP
SNP’s Fiona Hyslop wins Linlithgow