Alex Salmond praises Gordon constituency after General Election loss to Tories

Nicola Sturgeon and the 2017 election exit poll

Despite losing 12 seats across the United Kingdom, the Conservatives have experienced their most successful election in three decades north of the border after winning 13 seats.

His 2015 election was a triumphant return to Westminster after a spell leading the Scottish Government in Holyrood that ended with defeat in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum.

The SNP have lost very fine parliamentarians this evening and that is a grievous blow to the SNP.

The Conservatives were widely expected to win their top target seat of Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk in the Borders from the SNP, with some party figures in Scotland's most marginal constituency suggesting it could be by a 5,000-vote majority.

He said that while the SNP may have been reduced in numbers at Westminster, they will still have significant influence. He added: "You've not seen the last of my bonnets and me".

Speaking to the BBC, Sturgeon said: "I'm not going to rush to hasty judgements or decisions, but clearly there's thinking for me to do about the SNP result ..."

As Scottish voters went to polling stations amid torrential rain or overcast skies on Thursday, two fresh eve-of-election polls supported forecasts that the SNP would lose as many as 12 Westminster seats.

Other prominent nationalists who have lost their seats are Mike Weir, who had represented Angus in the House of Commons since 2001, and Tasmina Ahmed-Sheik, who lost the Ochil and South Perthshire seat to the Tories.

She said: 'This has been a disaster for Theresa May.

"They then called an election knowing that the result would be declared just 11 days, less than two weeks, before the most important negotiations in the UK's modern history were due to start". We have to wait and see how things shake out.

The SNP have held onto Dundee West and East despite a surge in Tory votes in the city of discovery.

As he arrived at the count in Aberdeen, former SNP leader Alex Salmond told reporters: 'Sometimes you get swings in politics that even the excellence of individual MPs can't withstand'.

Jo Swinson, who has been re-elected to East Dunbartonshire having previously lost the seat to the SNP's John Nicolson in 2015, said: "I recognise all of those who put party allegiance to one side to send a clear message that East Dunbartonshire does not want another divisive independence referendum".

In a sign that Sturgeon's party could suffer heavier than expected losses across Scotland, Scottish Labour overcame a 17% SNP majority to win Rutherglen and Hamilton West, by just 265 votes.

In Scotland, Labour performed better than many predicted, with gains in the central belt - including in Glasgow North East and Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill as they secured seven Scottish seats compared to one in 2015.

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