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Nicola Sturgeon: Theresa May has "lost all authority and credibility"

The final Scottish seat to declare was Fife North East, where there were three recounts before Stephen Gethins of the SNP was declared the victor after finishing just two votes ahead of the Lib Dem candidate.

Labour and the Liberal Democrats adopted the same message as the Conservatives by concentrating on opposing secession, and all did well on Thursday night.

The vote also claimed the scalps of former party leader Alex Salmond and deputy leader Angus Robertson.

Ms Davidson said: "The Prime Minister has made it clear it is her duty to get on with the job in hand and I support all efforts to do so".

It's nearly impossible for the party to now argue that the people of Scotland want another Scottish referendum when 60% of the electorate voted for parties which have vowed to block another vote on independence. Like many people, I thought most analysis of the Scottish political landscape post-general election could be expressed before we fully knew the results, so I wrote the bulk of this piece early on, before reflecting on the way things actually played out.

Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservatives, speaks to journalists at the counting centre for Britain's general election in Edinburgh, Scotland, June 9, 2017.

"This is a disaster for Theresa May, she called an election clearly very arrogantly thinking that she was going to crush the opposition, sweep everybody aside and cruise to a landside majority, her position is very, very hard".

"I've never been afraid of debate and clash and think that's part of it. That's what we have seen tonight".

Perhaps most pertinently of all, the 13 seats the Tories won in Scotland have allowed Theresa May to keep the keys to Number 10, not something many would have predicted. However, this was eclipsed when they defeated Mr Salmond in Gordon, a result that stunned the Nationalists.

She lost her parliamentary majority following a late surge for left-wing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Davidson credits her "outsider's eye" for being able to overhaul the Scottish party after winning the leadership in 2011, and an ability to call a spade a spade. The dog woke me up by deciding to use my stomach as a trampoline after someone let her up the stairs.

But Ms Davidson said the election in Scotland "was dominated by one issue" and SNP MPs who lost their seats had "paid the price" for Ms Sturgeon's failed referendum gamble.

What remains to be seen is how much influence the SNP's 35 MPs can wield in Westminster.

The results came after an exit poll suggested the SNP could lose 22 seats across Scotland. "Nicola Sturgeon, I hope you're listening".

"The SNP tsunami of 2015, in which the party took 56 of Scotland's 59 constituencies, was followed yesterday by an quake in which the SNP lost more than a third of their MPs", says Alex Massie in The Times.

Sturgeon admitted her party, which lost 21 seats across Scotland, "suffered some bitter losses".

The UK electorate as a whole has clearly moved to the left; yet what she is offering - with what seems like her usual political ineptitude - is an alliance between a right-wing Tory party, and bunch of diehard unionists with notoriously reactionary attitudes both to social policy and rights, and to all matters concerning the British constitution, including Brexit negotiations.