Scottish Election 2021: RECAP Sturgeon returns to Bute House following landslide SNP Victory | Gove says UK government will not take indyref2 to court if SNP pass legislation | FM calls referendum court case 'absurd' | Highest number of women MSP elected in the history of the Scottish Parliament with 45%

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Scottish Election 2021 RECAP: Election results and updates from across Scotland

Last updated: Sunday, 09 May, 2021, 14:36

  • Nicola Sturgeon arrives back at Bute House official residence following SNP landslide victory
  • Michael Goves says UK Gov will not take indyref2 to court if SNP pass legislation as Douglas Ross says Scottish Tories ‘stopped indyref2’
  • Nicola Sturgeon calls referendum court case ‘absurd’
  • Highest number of women MSP elected in the history of the Scottish Parliament: 45% (58)
  • Anas Sarwar says Labour is 'back on the pitch' in Scotland

Top stories and analysis from The Scotsman’s specialist team

‘We need to be laser-focused on recovery’ says Gove

Michael Gove, cabinet office minister was asked whether the UK government will take the matter to court if the Scottish Parliament passes legislation for another referendum on independence.

He replied “no” and called for leaders to acknowledge that the priority should not be court cases or legislation but recovery from the pandemic.

“We should work together as Team UK” he said, “We need to be laser focused on making sure the vaccination programme is a success and work on the recovery.”

He commented that the people of Scotland want jobs and recovery and not a government that wants to take people out of the UK.

‘I’m not proposing a referendum right now’, says Sturgeon

Labour ‘back on the pitch again’, says Scottish Labour leader

Earlier on Andrew Marr, Anas Sarwar said Labour is “back on the pitch again” in Scotland.

However, he added that it is a journey which will take time.

Scottish Election 2021: What happens now on SNP reshuffle, coalitions, challenges and indyref2

Dani Garavelli explores what comes next for the SNP and other parties: the cabinet, campaigns and clashes.

What happens now on SNP reshuffle, coalitions, challenges and indyref2

After a six-week campaign, a tsunami of conflicting polls, wall-to-wall Professor Sir John Curtice, and two solid days counting and calculating, a picture of the new parliament was finally emerging last night: the SNP is still in power, but had fallen just short of an overall majority.

Independence referendum court case ‘absurd’, says Sturgeon

Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show this morning, the First Minister said it would be “absurd” if the SNP were taken to court on the matter of an independence referendum for Scotland.

She said this would mean the UK government was refusing to accept ‘the democratic wishes of the Scottish people.’ However, the First Minister added that she does not believe a court case will happen.

Ms Sturgeon said the current priority is focusing on handling the pandemic and now is ‘not the time’ for another referendum.

Yet, Ms Sturgeon commented she ‘wouldn’t rule’ out legislation coming to the Scottish Parliament at the beginning of next year

Michael Gove, also speaking on the show, said the UK government will not take the independence referendum to court if the SNP pass legislation for one.

    Nicola Sturgeon says it would be 'completely outrageous' for UK to block indyref after election landslide

    In an interview with Andrew Marr this morning, the First Minister said it would be “completely outrageous” if the UK Government took the issue of an independence referendum to court.

    Nicola Sturgeon says it would be 'completely outrageous' for UK to block indyref after election landslide

    Michel Gove has insisted “of course” Scotland would be allowed to leave if it won a legal referendum as Nicola Sturgeon warned it would be “completely outrageous” if the UK Government took the issue to court.

    In full: Scottish Parliament election results 2021 by seat and list

    A full list of all constituency seats results alongside the results for MSPs who have been elected through the regional list system in Scotland.

    Find out who was elected in each seat and region at the 2021 Scottish Parliament election

    Scotland went to the polls this week as the country gradually emerges from Covid restrictions.Here we list the results across Scotland for all constituency seats alongside the results for MSPs who have been elected through the regional list system.

    ‘UK Government should show Scottish people some basic respect’, says FM

    Ahead of her talks with Boris Johnson later on, Nicola Sturgeon said the UK Government should show the Scottish people ‘some basic respect.’

    In an interview with Radio Clyde, the First Minister said: “I think the UK Government should start to show Scotland and the Scottish Parliament some basic respect.

    “I’m not talking about me or the SNP here, I’m talking about the people and their parliament, democratically elected.”

    “That’s what’s been missing in the past few years.

    “So forget about love bombing, how about some basic respect? Starting with some basic respect for our democracy and our democratic processes and how we vote.”

    Nicola Sturgeon and Boris Johnson are divided over the question of a second Scottish independence referendum

    Michael Gove tells Andrew Marr lack of SNP majority shows Nicola Sturgeon that Scotland is not agitating for indyref2

    Mr Gove told the Andrew Marr Show that Nicola Sturgeon cannot expect an independence referendum after failing to secure a majority in the Scottish Parliament elections.

    Michael Gove says lack of SNP majority shows that Scotland is not agitating for indyref2

    A senior Government minister has signalled to Nicola Sturgeon that she cannot expect a second independence referendum after failing to secure a majority in the Scottish Parliament elections.

    Ross says there’s more to Scottish Conservatives than just a ‘no to independence’ party

    Douglas Ross claims Scottish Conservatives ‘stopped indyref2’ following Scottish Parliament election results

    “If not me then who?”: First wheelchair using MSP speaks up about disabled people’s rights

    In an interview with the BBC, the newly-elected Labour MSP for the Glasgow region, Pam Duncan-Glancy, said: “If not me then who? of course I will stand up for disabled people’s human rights.”

    Ms Duncan-Glancy made history by being elected as the first permanent wheelchair user to the Scottish Parliament .

    Speaking after the count, the MSP said: “I promise to do everything in my power to make sure the path for the next disabled MSP and permanent wheelchair user is nowhere near as hard as it’s been for the first.”

    Pam Duncan-Glancy, of Scottish Labour, had to wait outside the building for 45 minutes before being allowed to join the other candidates inside.

    The First Minister returns to Bute House following SNP landslide victory

    Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party, gives a thumbs-up on the steps of her official residence Bute House in Edinburgh on May 9, following the party’s landslide victory in the Scottish parliament elections.

    The Scottish National Party on May 9 said its landslide victory in Edinburgh’s devolved parliament was grounds for a fresh independence referendum, despite opposition from London.

    Photo: Andy Buchanan / AFP via Getty Images.

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