Take Scottish independence vote off table, Ruth Davidson tells Nicola Sturgeon

Marsha Scott
June 25, 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May is poised to win Britain's snap election but lose her parliamentary majority, a shock exit poll suggested June 8, in what would be a major blow for her leadership as Brexit talks loom. There is an obvious logic, even for SNP supporters, to vote Labour if they think there is a chance of Jeremy Corbyn ejecting the Tories from Number Ten.

Another is the high-profile casualties suffered by the Scottish National Party - the loss of Westminster leader and deputy party leader Angus Robertson and former first minister Alex Salmond (both to the Tories) are significant defeats for the party, as well as the loss in the former SNP heartland of North East Scotland.

Davidson said: "I sought and received assurances that not only would there be no roll back of LGBT rights in the rest of the United Kingdom - don't forget the Conservative Party was the party of equal marriage and we brought it forward and made sure it passed in the House of Commons - but also that we would use any influence we have with the DUP to extend LGBT rights in Northern Ireland".

"In Scotland, the SNP won this election". While official data has yet to be released, it is possible that some of these people abandoned the SNP in order to vote for a party that was more committed to Brexit, such as the Conservatives, or, potentially, Labour.

Tory leader Ruth Davidson, who campaigned heavily on opposition to another referendum, called for a second ballot to be "off the table", branding the demand "a massive political miscalculation".

Davidson said the Prime Minister had said she would protect equality legislation when her concerns had been raised about dealing with the hardline Protestant party, which had objected to equal marriage.

"We had a very clear message in this campaign and there wouldn't have been so many SNP losses tonight if Nicola Sturgeon hadn't tried to force through an unwanted second independence referendum in March", she said.

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Mr Swinney conceded it had been a "mixed night" for the SNP after Labour and the Liberal Democrats increased their tally of Scottish MPs to seven and four respectively.

In a statement at her official residence in Edinburgh, Ms Sturgeon promised she would "listen to voters" and "consider very carefully the best way forward for Scotland".

Mr Murray, who was elected as Labour's only Scottish MP in 2015, held the Edinburgh South seat with 26,269 votes. "Indyref 2 is dead".

Numerous votes her party lost on Thursday went to the Scottish Conservatives, the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats, all of whom have indicated an unwillingness to support another referendum.

"I can only build that better country and get the right deal in Brussels with the support of the British people", she said. "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".

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

It's not yet certain how this election will impact on the likelihood of a second independence referendum. The Conservatives held 330 seats in the last Parliament, compared with 229 for Labour, 54 for the Scottish National Party and nine for the Lib Dems.

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