Scottish National Party win big in UK election

2015-05-08 09:28

London - The Scottish National Party (SNP) has emerged as one of the biggest winners in Britain's general election after securing 56 of the 59 parliamentary seats available in Scotland.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said the election marked a "historic watershed" for her party, which gained most of its seats from Labour.

The party's previous highest number of seats was 11 following the 1974 election.

Jim Murphy, leader of Labour in Scotland, and shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander were among the high-profile casualties of the SNP victory.

Tellingly, Alexander lost his seat to SNP candidate Mhairi Black, a 20-year-old student who will become Britain's youngest member of parliament in nearly 350 years.

"In Scotland, we've seen a surge of nationalism overwhelm our party," Labour leader Ed Miliband said.

Prime Minister David Cameron, who is expected to lead the next government, vowed to make good on his pre-election promise to allow greater devolution for Scotland "as fast as we can."

The Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats have won just one Scottish seat each in the election.

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