Politics

General Election 2019: SNP Sees Success In Scotland

The party won 48 out of 59 seats in Scotland.

Nicola Sturgeon has said Boris Johnson has "no right" to block a second independence referendum in Scotland following the Scottish National Party's (SNP) General Election success.

The Scottish First Minister says she will push ahead with plans for the Scottish Parliament to press ahead with a second vote on the issue.

The SNP 11 seats since 2017, winning 48 out of a possible 59, with Ms Sturgeon seeing the result as a message to the Tories south of the border.

Stopping Brexit and calls for a second referendum on Scottish independence have been two of the main messages of its election campaign.

Trident was another key issue for the party - the SNP branded the nuclear deterrent a "colossal waste of money" and pledged to scrap it in their manifesto launch last month.

Speaking on Friday, Ms Sturgeon said: "Given what I fear the Tory Government has in store for Scotland, that right to choose our own future has never been more important."

Telling Mr Johnson directly, she said: "It is the right of the people of Scotland - and you as the leader of a defeated party in Scotland have no right to stand in the way."

Despite the Tories' success in the election overall, it was a different story in Scotland where they lost seven seats.

Their campaign outlined plans to build the Type 31 frigate in Scotland, with construction due to take place in the dockyards at Rosyth.

Labour had a similarly poor night north of the border, losing five MPs.

Among them was former Army reservist Paul Sweeney, who championed the rights of veteran and Commonwealth soldiers in parliament, losing his seat to the SNP.

Cover image: SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon (Picture: PA).