Post-election statement from SNP Leader, Nicola Sturgeon: it’s to be a minority administration

‘Yesterday, the SNP made history.

‘We became the first party to win a third consecutive Scottish Parliament election and secure a third term in office.

‘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 – the people of Scotland once again placed their trust in the SNP to govern our country.

We won a clear and unequivocal mandate.

‘And I secured the personal mandate I sought to implement the bold and ambitious programme for government that I asked the country to vote on.

‘So I can confirm that when it reconvenes in the coming days, I will ask the Scottish Parliament to formally re-elect me as First Minister.

‘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.

‘The government that I lead will be inclusive.

‘It will deliver on the commitments we made to the Scottish people – but it will also reach out and seek to work with others across the parliament to find common ground and build consensus.

‘Election campaigns inevitably focus on differences and dividing lines – but I believe that if we choose to find it, there is common ground aplenty to build on.

‘I made clear in this election that education will be the defining and driving priority of my tenure as First Minister – and that I expect to be judged on it. I reiterate that today.

‘Education is my passion and priority, but I was heartened that all parties chose to put a clear focus on it.

‘So I hope we can put party differences aside and work together.

‘Ensuring opportunities for all of our young people, regardless of their background or family circumstances is a cause that must unite, not divide us over the next five years.

‘There is also considerable agreement on stepping up our ambition to tackle climate change and protect our environment and on putting support for innovation at the heart of our efforts to transform the productivity of the Scottish economy.

‘And of course the SNP’s determination to use new powers to mitigate austerity, invest in our public services and build a social security system based on the principles of dignity and respect is, with perhaps one exception, shared by other parties in our parliament.

‘So the government I lead will reach out. We will govern with conviction and determination but also with humility and a willingness to listen and to learn from the ideas of others.

‘And on the question of independence, the SNP will make our case with passion, with patience and with respect. But our aim is to persuade, not to divide. We will always respect the opinion of the people – now and in the future – and we simply ask that other parties do likewise.

‘It is the greatest privilege imaginable to be elected as the First Minister of our country.

‘To those who voted for me yesterday, thank you from the bottom of my heart. You have given me a precious opportunity to change this country for the better and I promise to seize it with both hands.

‘To those who did not vote for me, I promise I will never stop striving to earn your trust and support.

‘Like all politicians, I am passionate about the ideals I believe in.

‘But as First Minister, I have a duty to rise above party politics and to govern in the best interests of all of our country.

‘My pledge today is that I will always seek to do that.

‘Whatever your politics or your point of view, my job is to serve you.

‘I will always fight Scotland’s corner and I will work every single day to make our country fairer, wealthier and stronger.

‘I look forward now to getting on with the job.’

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  • When I saw the Breaking News banner on BBC News, I thought she had come out as a lesbian to complete the set of Scottish party leaders who are homosexual.

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    Lundavra May 6, 2016 6:37 pm Reply
  • I wonder if NS has read the latest pronouncement from that evangelical priest of Scottish Independence, namely the Rev. Stuart Campbell, from his pulpit ” Wings Over Scotland” stating:-

    The first (and from our perspective, most important) thing to note is that independence is now categorically and unequivocally off the table for at least half a decade.


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    Scotnat May 6, 2016 9:11 pm Reply
  • I see the First Minister elect (I thought we’d already re-elected her – no? Of course not, that was a lie – parliament elects her – or not – not the ballot box) is going on about consensus. Those with a short memory will remember she used this same empty rhetoric when she started her reign – look where that got us.

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    JB May 7, 2016 2:57 pm Reply
    • JB, there is a similarity between NS and Mr Trump, they are both thick skinned and want to be president.

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      Richard May 7, 2016 3:49 pm Reply
      • A dick does a trump. I am sure the First Minister of Scotland is happy with her title.
        Dick is just a bad loser.

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        No Cheese Here May 8, 2016 7:49 pm Reply
    • Has she quoted St Francis of Assisi yet?

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      Lundavra May 8, 2016 8:14 am Reply
  • A fantastic result for the SNP.One would think the the Tories won the election!
    Now in the cold light of day,let’s think about the future.
    Alex Salmond stated in 1999 that Scotland would become Independent when we break the Labour voting ritual.
    Now Glasgow has been taken in its entirety,the Labour Party have no power base and therefore shall fall further.

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    A.Salmon May 7, 2016 7:43 pm Reply
    • It was a great result for SNP, which makes it all the more mysterious why the girls have gone all shy.

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      John M May 7, 2016 8:21 pm Reply
      • JOHN M, anyone would think that there could be a ministerial reshuffle or sackings, rumour has it that even Swinney’s name is in the hat.

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        Richard May 7, 2016 9:04 pm Reply
        • Can’t see Swinney going anywhere tbh Richard, he’s part of the inner sanctum.

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          John M May 7, 2016 9:45 pm Reply
          • I agree with your thinking but he is also a brake on her ambition, Swinney understands the question of taxation and uncertainty causing companies and high earners to flee.
            That alone will cause conflict with parties who want high tax rates, the SNP are somewhere between a rock and a hard place and as usual will try and keep all happy.
            It will end in tears.

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            Richard May 7, 2016 10:18 pm
  • Interesting hat posts on here think that the SNP are wounded!
    In retrospect,the unionist political machine will be deeply concerned as they did not land any credible punch on the Independence movement.
    It could be speculated that this will go down as the election that broke the union.
    Remember the SNP landed over one million punches,more than the whole unionist total.
    Interesting times ahead.So interesting I hear the YES movement are on the march again to consolidate.
    Not good for the Tory’s, not good at all! Swan song comes to mind!

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    A.Salmon May 7, 2016 10:32 pm Reply
    • Spin all you like A.Salmon, there is no doubt that there has indeed been a fundamental shift, and one that weakens the SNP case for indy.

      This election, despite what the BBC and others claim, was not about the constitution – we’ve been there and past that point. The question is around how Scotland is governed – it’ a fact that the indy support base HAS declined, if you take an SNP vote as a vote for indy – and if you don’t, then it’s declined massively. The numbers prove that.

      But to dismiss the Tories rise to second place is simply massive, given how hard the SNP have tried to discount them on the Scottish political scene. It’ disastrous – unless the SNP want publicly to denounced the decision by a significant number of Scots for the Tories as irrelevant. The problem the SNP have is that because the Scottish Tories are not in power, it is far easier for them to continue to increase support over the next 5 years. That is the real problem for the SNP since Labour will most likely to the same and we’ll end up back with a coallition of sorts. The SNP had better start building bridges and end the bitterness.

      Either way, the 5 year look ahead for the SNP is not good. The same for the Tories is bright. Labour – that depends.

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      JB May 7, 2016 11:40 pm Reply
      • It’s you that’s spinning Jamie. Spinning to catch A Salmon. A Tory gentleman like yourself should know that only the dry fly should be used.
        Seriously though, how has the SNP vote declined massively? Over one million voters, the highest ever in a Holyrood election, give their constituency vote to the SNP.
        More people give their constituency votes to Labour than to your Tories. The Tories made their greatest gains from regional votes.
        The Tories joy may be short lived when their leader has to lead the opposition at Holyrood and defend her Party’s policies in Westminster at the same time. Verbal gymnastics, I think they call it.
        The SNP are in a very good position now. Agreement from only one of the other parties will help them win any vote. If they don’t get that support on a specific issue then that could be a good thing for our parliament.
        Regarding the 2nd Indy Ref, if there was a split over Brexit between the Scottish vote and the rest, I have not got the figures to hand at the moment but I think that it would only require two Greens to vote with the SNP to get a majority.

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        Murdoch MacKenzie May 8, 2016 9:41 am Reply
        • MM

          Your arithmetic re the Greens is superficially correct but must read the Green’s Manifesto to understand that the Greens require a formal process ie “a national petition signed by an appropriate number of voters” to even trigger any move to IndyRef(2).

          Also, the Green’s manifesto specifically rejects the SNP notion that the SNP can call any Indy ref(2) when it suits the SNP.

          The devil is in the detail

          The definitive outcome from Thursdays’ election is the combined votes of pro IndyRef(2) parties was less than 50%.

          NS and the SNP have been delivered their second NO in 18 months. NS is shrewd enough to know she cant risk a third NO.

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          Scotnat May 8, 2016 10:55 am Reply
          • I agree, as things stand Indy Ref 2 looks unlikely, but events can change things.
            I think it was around 10% of SNP supporters that give away their regional vote, I wonder how many of them went to the Greens?
            It happens at every election, many SNP supporters get led up the garden path by the media. I know the party called for SNP 1&2 but it seems many were not listening to them, but to all these other number crunchers who advocated smaller pro-indy parties.

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            Murdoch MacKenzie May 8, 2016 11:40 am
        • “Agreement from only one of the other parties will help them win any vote.”

          i.e. they only have to compromise with one other party and concede something to them to possibly win a vote.

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          Lundavra May 8, 2016 11:56 am Reply
          • Don’t mangle my words. Being in agreement is agreeing about a policy or whatever. Compromising is not agreement.

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            Murdoch MacKenzie May 8, 2016 8:12 pm
  • Over 1000000 voters say yes to snp. Ukippys on here can say all they like they are fighting over smaller number of voters
    EU referendum next.

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    No Cheese Here May 8, 2016 4:16 pm Reply
    • 3,000,000 say NO to the SNP Cheesy ! The Gnats are slowly but surely on the slippery slope of decline.

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      Malcolm Kirk May 8, 2016 5:02 pm Reply
      • Kirk and John m canny count. I am sure they are even counting cadavers in the no camp. In fairness they do have more.


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        No Cheese Here May 8, 2016 7:51 pm Reply
        • It’s ‘cannae’ not ‘canny’ – even I know that.

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          Robert Wakeham May 9, 2016 2:06 am Reply
    • NCH – in 2014 37.8% (1.62m) of the electorate voted for independence. In 2016 26.2% (1.06m) of the electorate voted for a pro-independence party.

      The turnout for the referendum at 85% was historic and clearly demonstrated how important the constitutional issue is for Scots. No one would of expected a similar turnout for parliamentary elections and indeed 30% of the electorate who voted in the referendum didn’t vote on Thursday.

      With Nicola’s late attempt at offering the prospect of another referendum, Labour in complete disarray and Scotland’s ‘alleged’ hatred of the Tories you would of expected the majority of non voters in this election originating from the ‘No’ group (Lab/Con/Libdem) and not pro-independence voters. You will probably need at least 1.8m Scots voting for independence, 800,000 more Scots than those who voted on Thursday.

      The only chance of another referendum in the next five years depends on the outcome of the review group chaired by Stewart Hosie, a group which is going to be placed in an almost impossible position of achieving it’s goal. Why? If it did deliver the information most ‘No’ voters were hoping for it would scare off too many of those who previously voted ‘Yes’.

      If the Bounder becomes PM and the Tories win the next Westminster election the momentum may start to move back towards the Yes vote, until that point any further talk of another referendum is being disingenuous and treating the Scottish electorate with contempt.

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      John M May 8, 2016 5:20 pm Reply
  • While listening to the bizarre statements from Jackson Carlaw this morning,one would deduce that the Conservative and Unionist Party would now like to stifle democratic debate.
    There is just one fundamental problem with his thinking.The Tory Unionists came a very poor second to the SNP and have definitely no Mandate to stop any future preparations for another Independence Referendum.
    I personally think that this result is a gift from above as Davidson will be pilloried for her proxy Government’ naff decisions,on just about everything.
    Very soon,the Tory’s in Scotland will be exposed and they will now become the focus,rather than opposition.
    I don’t think our downtrodden Labour Branch Office would be stupid enough to slip into bed again with their Tory chums. That would signal the end game for them. Nicola and her Team will have a relatively easy time pushing through their Manifesto,whilst the Tory’s will have little to no effect and become evermore shouty and bitter.
    The political situation suits the SNP,who are no strangers to Minority Governance however the Tory’s are strangers to credible opposition,playing to their limited audience of 22% of the vote. This augurs well for Independence.

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    • Carlaw did overegg it; not that the FM was any better, she wants her cake and eat it too with this ‘Mebbes aye, mebbes naw; we’ll have to see’ nonsense. Apart from being hubris it’s a drag on growth as business has no certainty there will be or not be a further referendum in this parliament. There’s a clue in the job title, she needs to lead and make a decision for the sake of the economy.

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      db May 8, 2016 5:58 pm Reply
  • And is it not the case that if a non SNP MSP becomes the Presiding Officer ( apparently the SNP aren’t contesting) then they are just one seat short of a majority? Any by-election to come up in the next few years?

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    Dunoon Lad May 8, 2016 7:37 pm Reply
  • SNP win.

    Tory Ruth should not subvert the Scots Parliament or government by getting into bed with Cameron and Osborne.
    Scotland must come first. Not to copy dame Edna her predecessor.

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    No Cheese Here May 8, 2016 7:45 pm Reply
  • With just under 50% of the vote and more than the combined vote of Labour and Conservatives, the SNP’s rock solid popularity is there for all to see. And with the Conservatives now the opposition, the new SNP government will have the opportunity to relentlessly expose the Westminster Tory policies. Great result though and a real continuing success story for the party who stands up for Scotland.

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    willie May 8, 2016 10:25 pm Reply
    • You make me laugh willie – would that be #torybaaaaaad?! heehee!

      I wonder – I just wonder – how long it will take for Nicola Sturgeon to roll out the tired old phrase ‘I’ll take no lessons from …’?

      Will it be on the first outing I wonder? That’s Nicola’s style – no lessons from anyone – everyone else is wrong. (except Maggie Thatcher, I hear Nicola has been reading up on her style to copy her – and I’m not talking about the hilarious election slogan she copied, or the outfits!)

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      JB May 8, 2016 11:01 pm Reply
    • Willie, since when does less than 1/4 of those registered to vote make the SNP ‘rock solid popularity’ I suggest that Ms Sturgeon gets her act together and concentrates on the EU referendum as it is predicted that Scotland will vote to leave, if only 2 million can be bothered to vote for the Holyrood election what turnout for Europe.
      Willie, remember everything you and your pals posted, I suggest that you prepare yourselves for another let down by NS

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      Richard May 9, 2016 1:03 pm Reply

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