Nicola Sturgeon: Theresa May has "lost all authority and credibility"

Eilidh Whiteford votes at Port Erroll Public Hall

The SNP's Joanna Cherry also kept her Edinburgh South West seat, with 17,575 votes to the Conservative Miles Briggs on 16,478.

All three nationwide British parties won just one seat each in 2015.

Ruth Davidson was hailed her party's hero of the night as the tartan Tory surge ended for a generation Nicola Sturgeon's dream of a second independence referendum.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was "disappointed" as a number of high-profile SNP MPs lost their seats, including former party leader Alex Salmond and Westminster leader Angus Robertson. At the time of writing it has won 34 of Scotland's seats, down from 56, and 37% of the vote, versus almost 50% last time around.

The exit poll also predicted progress for Scottish Labour and the Liberal Democrats, with two and five seats, respectively.

Scotland's leader Nicola Sturgeon on Friday promised to "reflect" on major losses for her Scottish National Party in Britain's general election, admitting the poor performance was in part down to her independence plans.

Davidson said the results showed that Scotland did not want the second referendum on independence that Sturgeon demanded following Britain's vote to leave the European Union past year.

The SNP finished on 35 seats - a majority of the 59 Scottish constituencies but a drop of 21 from the 56 they won in 2015.

The result is that the new landscape of MPs in Scotland more accurately reflects the politics of the country.

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Addressing a rally in Edinburgh the day before voters go to the polls, Ms Sturgeon said voters in Scotland could hold the key to ensuring the Prime Minister loses her majority at Westminster and urged Liberal Democrat and Labour supporters to switch to her party and avoid "splitting the anti-Tory vote". You point out to them that there are only two possible winners in a seat, and they opt instead for the Greens or some other useless option. Speaking as the SNP's deputy leader lost his Moray seat to Conservative challenger Douglas Ross, Robertson said that he had "noticed some sensitivity with Angus Robertson" on the campaign trail. Yet, the final electoral result witnessed both party leaders being weakened dramatically.

After the 2014 independence referendum, yes voters shifted immediately and en masse to join and enthusiastically back the SNP in the 2015 general election. Most Scots seem to be milquetoast Europhiles, far more committed to the union with England than that with Europe.

Nevertheless, independence was not the only reason why the SNP suffered its first significant electoral setback in a decade.

The nationalists have used their ten years in power in Scotland to do very little, and indeed have presided over increasing child poverty, fewer hospital beds and a failing education system.

The SNP struggled to articulate an effective campaign message.

Analysists have pointed to plummeting personal approval ratings for Ms Sturgeon and falling support for independence among Scots voters.

The Tories saw double-digit increases in their vote in nearly every seat and doubled their returns in some parts of Scotland where the party was previously unelectable.

The Scottish Conservatives say they are now Scotland's main opposition to the SNP. Whether or not this diminishes their support for Scottish independence remains to be seen.

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