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Nicola Sturgeon has been served notice: she can no longer take her supporters for granted

Once again, Scotland did things differently—with worrying results for the SNP

By John Curtice  

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Scotland did things differently again. While England and Wales witnessed a return to two-party politics, in Scotland the election was won by the SNP. Equally whereas in England and Wales there was a swing from Conservative to Labour, in Scotland the Conservatives overtook Labour for the first time since 1959. Politics in Scotland retained the distinctiveness it has increasingly acquired in recent years.

That distinctiveness has largely been a product of the intense debate about how Scotland should be governed. And it seems…

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