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After years of Yes-No politics dividing Scotland, is this a return to left-right?

Last night, the SNP lost votes to us Conservatives—but also to Corbyn's Labour

By Adam Tomkins  

Campaigners for Scottish independence walk past graffiti. Photo: PA

Scotland did it differently—again. But this time not in the manner of the SNP’s liking. England and Wales turned back to a two-party politics not seen there in 35 years. In Scotland, we’ve produced the most pluralist election result in half a century. In 2010, Labour won 41 of Scotland’s 59 seats; in 2015, the SNP won 56 of the 59, scoring an astonishing 50% of votes cast. Yesterday the Nationalists were cut down to size, their vote-share falling…

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