How to keep the party together in Scotland

In a week that was a stark reminder that the Tories are still the governing party in Scotland, a different picture emerged on the doorstep of Holyrood with the SNP winning by double digits and a clear majority in the Scottish Parliament.

The first result on the ballot paper showed a surge for the Scottish Conservatives in Holyroad and a landslide victory for the SNP in the seats they have contested for the past six years.

The second result, which was announced on Thursday morning, was more mixed.

The Conservatives were a clear winners in Holyhead, the first SNP seat to be taken back from the SNP after the 2015 election.

The SNP were in a strong position in East Dunbartonshire, where the party won 13 of the 14 seats it contested.

In Perthshire, the SNP were comfortably ahead in West Dunbarton and the Liberal Democrats in East Kilbride and East Perthshire.

But in Edinburgh, the Liberals were beaten in Edinburgh Central and Edinburgh South West, while the Tories were knocked out of the city in East Lothian.

In Aberdeen, the Tories won the seat of Dumfries and Galloway, but they also lost Edinburgh East and the seat that is currently held by the Liberal Democrat MP, David Mundell.

The party lost the seat it held for a decade in East Ayrshire and the Conservatives were beaten by the SNP.

The last result of the Scottish election was the 2011 result, in which the SNP won 18 seats, the Conservatives 18 and the Lib Dems 12.

This year’s vote was much closer, but the Tories still managed to pull ahead with an overall majority of 59 seats.

The Scottish Conservatives say they are “extremely proud” of the result, adding: “The SNP will be very disappointed that they have been left with less than 50 per cent of the vote.

The SNP will do everything in its power to put the party back on the national political map in the future.”

The Scottish Labour Party said the SNP’s performance was “unacceptable”.

Scottish Conservatives leader, Ruth Davidson, said she was “not surprised” by the result but said the party would “move on” from the “terrible result” of last year’s election.

She added: “We will look forward to working with the Scottish National Party in the years ahead, and will continue to work to ensure that Scotland’s interests are respected and the UK’s remain united.”

The SNP’s leader, Nicola Sturgeon, said: “This election was a complete waste of time.

We could have been making a real difference and putting people back to work, but instead we lost a seat that was won by the Conservatives, and a seat which will give the Conservatives a clear mandate for a second independence referendum in 2020.”