Nicola Sturgeon plays down SNP prospects after pro-UK tactical voting

First minister says majority is ‘very long shot’ as results show strong support for defending candidates of other parties

Nicola Sturgeon has played down the prospects of winning an overall Holyrood majority despite a late surge in wins for the Scottish National party.

The first minister and Scottish National party leader told reporters in Glasgow “a majority has always been a very, very long shot” as counts across the country showed support for sitting Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat candidates.

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