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Landslide victory for Labour as SNP seats plummet

Anas Sarwar and Keir Starmer

Labour has won the general election with a huge majority, including 37 seats in Scotland, while support for the Scottish National Party (SNP) has nosedived.

The Labour party has promised to “end the chaos” and restore stability. “Change begins now,” said leader Starmer, pledging a mission of “national renewal”.

With Starmer becoming the new prime minister, retailers can expect a ban on the sale of energy drinks to under 16s and a generational smoking ban to be implemented as per the Labour party manifesto.

The Scottish Labour manifesto promised to reform business rates to level the playing field between the high street and online. It also pledged to incentivise investment, reduce empty properties and support entrepreneurship.

Meanwhile, the Conservatives suffered a historic defeat and SNP seats dropped to just nine, down from 48 in 2019.

SNP Leader at Westminster Stephen Flynn, who held onto his seat in Aberdeen South, told the BBC that the SNP had been “swept aside by the Starmer Tsunami”. While Alba leader and former first minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, described the situation in Scotland to BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg as “agonising”.

The count for Inverness, Skye and West Ross-Shire has been delayed until tomorrow.

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