Scottish Daily Mail

CAN TORIES STOP SNP TIDAL WAVE?

Sturgeon wins 39 seats – but may fall short of vital majority

- By Michael Blackley and Rachel Watson

THE threat of a damaging SNP majority was dwindling last night – despite Nicola Sturgeon securing 39 seats in the Holyrood election.

Tactical voting helped to secure key seats for the opposition and cut deeply into leads in Nationalis­t stronghold­s.

The First Minister admitted her hopes of a majority in the Scottish parliament were hanging by a thread. But she maintained that missing out on one does not damage her case for another referendum, as long as 65 or more MSPs support independen­ce.

Meanwhile, Miss Sturgeon’s predecesso­r, Alex Salmond, admitted he was expecting a humiliatin­g defeat, with his new Alba Party unlikely to win any seats.

The election looked on track for a record turnout, despite fears that the pandemic and poor weather would dent voter numbers.

The SNP’s hopes of a majority will come down to the all-important regional list vote

 ??  ?? Undeterred: Nicola Sturgeon yesterday. She insists her case for Indyref 2 has not been dented
Undeterred: Nicola Sturgeon yesterday. She insists her case for Indyref 2 has not been dented

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