Nicola Sturgeon grilled over education record during election event

"Clearly it's a disappointing result, we've lost some tremendous MPs", Sturgeon said. We've seen so many SNP seats fall here.

Tory Murdo Fraser, who represents Mid Scotland and Fife in Holyrood, called it an "astonishing decline".

Ms Davidson's message on the day before polling was to say that only her party was "serious" about keeping Scotland in the UK.

She told Ms Dugdale: "You used to agree with me on that Kezia".

It was in Scotland that Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party has made its first gain of the night, winning Angus in Scotland from the Scottish National Party (SNP).

The First Minister told BBC Scotland: "This has been a disaster for Theresa May".

"I think in Calum Kerr and Gail Hendry, you have what will be strong voices for Scotland, and the south of Scotland, and able to stand up for the interests of people in this part of the country and Scotland overall".

"We know when she took over. one of the things she spoke most passionately about was keeping the union together".

"Well, I bet that she's regretting that now".

"It shows that she supports us and that the Borders can be won by the SNP".

"Brexit matters because it is the basis of everything", Mrs May said.

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The former nationalist leader, who was first elected as an MP 30 years ago in 1987, was defeated by Tory Colin Clark, who said in his victory speech: "The silent majority have spoken".

'Also looking at the global education league tables, from Scotland being very proud of their education system, we have been getting some of the worst results, for decades.

There were also fiery exchanges when the SNP, Labour and Lib Dem leaders all attacked the Conservatives over the so-called "rape clause".

Meanwhile, Scottish Tories have come back from the wilderness, building on their success in local council elections last month, where they doubled their vote from 2012, and beat Labour to slide into second place.

Nicola Sturgeon insisted that the party had "won the election in Scotland" despite losing at least 20 seats - including two of the party's biggest names.

"We are four proud nations but one united people, dedicated to our shared British values of freedom, of democracy, of human rights under the rule of law".

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said she was "hugely encouraged" by the results. It seems to me there's a lot of change going on.

Scottish advisers have welcomed a move away from the SNP in yesterday's general election, as the chances of a second independence referendum appeared to fade.

Tories have warned they only need to lose six seats to lose the party's majority, which could see Ms Sturgeon "pulling the strings" over another referendum.

The fact that most Scots don't seem to want independence (more Scots voted to stay in the United Kingdom in 2014 than in the European Union in 2016) has done nothing to halt the SNP's tireless - and undemocratic - campaign.