"The Nineteenth century saw a great Springtime of Nations as the revolutions of 1848 saw new countries created the length and breadth of Europe. In our world today we are now seeing our own Spring Awakening with people and cultures that have long been dormant and subdued asserting their right to exist, their right to dream." Adam Price MP
Sunday, 8 May 2016
SNP Victory for Scotland
Nicola Sturgeon rules out coalition after 'emphatic' win for SNP
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon
has ruled out coalition talks after falling two seats short of an
overall majority in the 2016 Holyrood election.
She said the SNP's haul of 63 seats gave "a clear and unequivocal mandate" to govern as a minority administration.
The Conservatives came second with 31 seats. Leader Ruth Davidson said the SNP had no case for another referendum.
Labour slumped to third place with 24 seats followed by the Scottish Greens on six and Liberal Democrats on five.
in Edinburgh following the SNP's victory, Ms Sturgeon said "the SNP
made history" by becoming "the first party to win a third consecutive
Scottish Parliament election".
She said: "We won the highest share of the
constituency vote and the largest number of constituency seats ever
achieved in a Scottish Parliament election.
"And we are the first party in the era of devolution to poll more than one million votes in constituencies across the country.
"The result of the election was emphatic...we won a clear and unequivocal mandate."
Some of the main headlines from the night:
Ms Sturgeon said she had secured a
"personal mandate" and would seek formal re-election as First Minister
when the parliament reconvenes.
She added: "It will then be my intention to form and to lead an SNP government.
"With such a large number of MSPs elected I do not intend to seek any formal arrangement with any other party."
SNP leader said she would lead an "inclusive" government and "reach out
and seek to work with others across the parliament to find common
ground and build consensus".
With the Conservatives now the largest opposition party at Holyrood, Ms Davidson used her post-election address to call on the SNP to rule out another referendum on independence.
in Edinburgh, she said: "As I said during the election campaign, the
SNP manifesto does not give Nicola Sturgeon a mandate for a second
"Now that she has failed to win a
majority, whatever claims the SNP were pursuing with regard to
constitutional brinkmanship over the next five years have now been
"No mandate, no majority, no cause - the SNP must now let Scotland move on."
Their previous best result was 18 MSPs, a total the party achieved in both 1999 and 2003.
Democrat leader Willie Rennie also said the SNP must ditch the prospect
of another independence referendum if they hoped to attract support
from his party.
what they need to go just to get over the starting line and I think
it's going to be pretty hard for them, but that's what they'll need to
do in order to make sure that we can work in partnership."
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has written to party members
saying they "must continue to fight for what we believe in" despite a
"heartbreaking" result in the Holyrood election.
Labour finished third with 24 seats - down 13 from 2011 - its worst-ever result in the Scottish Parliament vote.
an email, Ms Dugdale said the need for a party arguing for "using the
power of government to invest in people" was more important than ever.
She wrote: "We could have fought an election that
was about the arguments of two years ago but we chose to stand up for
what we believe in.
"We will keep standing for our belief that we
can choose to be better than this. Despite the disappointment of the
final results, hundreds of thousands of our fellow citizens stood with
"I'll keep fighting for our values."
"It's clear with
the continued decline of Labour and the lack of an overall SNP majority
that we have an opportunity to increase our influence in the next
parliament," he said.
"Greens have already proved ourselves to be a
constructive yet challenging opposition group, delivering results on
housing, fracking, fuel poverty and fan ownership of football clubs
among many other issues."
Analysis by Sarah Smith, Scotland editor
Scottish Labour, arguments over their manifesto or personalities are to
miss the point. This election was clearly about the constitution.
politics are still totally dominated by the independence question which
was certainly not settled on 18 September 2014 and still seems to take
precedence in voters' minds over any other issue.
And it's an issue on which Labour cannot win.
So where does that leave Labour?
If the SNP are the party of independence and the Tories the party of the union, what is the point of the Labour Party?
will continue to argue that they care most about social justice and
poverty. But as long as voters remain split over the constitution that
may not win back many voters. Read more from Sarah
Additional Member System sees 73 constituency MSPs elected through
first-past-the-post and 56 regional MSPs elected, from eight electoral
regions, through a form of proportional representation.
The SNP dominated the constituency vote taking 59 of the 73 seats - an increase of six on the 2011 election.
Conservatives won seven, four up on last time, and the Liberal
Democrats took four, an increase of two. The big loser was Labour which
won three seats - down 12.
The SNP's dominance was not reflected in the proportional regional system.
SNP has four regional MSPs - down 12; the Conservatives have 24, up 12;
Labour was down one, to 21; the Scottish Greens have six, up four; and
the Liberal Democrats won one regional seat, down two on their previous
The constituency seats which changed hands
Aberdeenshire West: Conservative (was SNP)
Coatbridge & Chryston: SNP (was Labour)
Cowdenbeath: SNP (was Labour)
Dumfriesshire: Conservative (was Labour)
Eastwood: Conservative (was Labour)
Edinburgh Central: Conservative (was SNP)
Edinburgh Northern & Leith: SNP (was Labour)
Edinburgh Southern: Labour (was SNP)
Edinburgh Western: Liberal Democrat (was SNP)
Fife North East: Liberal Democrat (was SNP)
Glasgow Maryhill & Springburn: SNP (was Labour)
Glasgow Pollok: SNP (was Labour)
Glasgow Provan: SNP (was Labour)
Greenock & Inverclyde: SNP (was Labour)
Motherwell & Wishaw: SNP (was Labour)
Renfrewshire South: SNP (was Labour)
Rutherglen: SNP (was Labour)
Uddingston & Bellshill: SNP (was Labour)
The gains and losses
The SNP won 11 - all from Labour. It lost five seats - two each to the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats and one to Labour
The Conservatives won four - two each from Labour and the SNP
Labour won one seat from the SNP and lost 13 - 11 to the SNP and two to the Conservatives