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Monday, Jul 22, 2024

SNP Faces Significant Seat Losses in General Election

The Scottish National Party lost 38 seats in the general election, with one seat still pending due to a recount. Labour made dramatic gains, especially in the central belt, with significant swings from the SNP. The Scottish Conservatives and Liberal Democrats also saw shifts in their seat counts, with notable reflections from key figures within each party.
The Scottish National Party (SNP) has lost 38 seats so far in the general election, with one seat's result still pending due to a recount.

Labour made significant gains across the central belt, with vote share swings of about 20% from the SNP. The Scottish Conservatives won five seats, a decrease from six in 2019, with leader Douglas Ross failing to secure Aberdeenshire North and Moray East.

First Minister John Swinney described the result as 'very, very difficult and damaging.' A recount in Inverness, Skye, and West Ross-shire has been delayed due to statistical discrepancies.

Labour ousted key SNP figures, including Deputy Westminster Leader Kirsten Oswald in East Renfrewshire.

SNP Westminster leader Stephen Flynn narrowly retained Aberdeen South, citing a desire for change in Downing Street as a key factor.

Former First Ministers Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond called for significant introspection within the party.

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross and former leader Ruth Davidson described the results as 'historically bad' for the Tories, with significant seat losses.

The Scottish Liberal Democrats returned four MPs, with former leader Jo Swinson predicting a resurgence for the party.

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