The results are flooding in across Scotland and they are already painting an astonishing picture. Nicola Sturgeon's SNP party will win well over 50 seats after knocking out big-names from the Liberal Democrats and Labour, among them Jo Swinson, Jim Murphy, Douglas Alexander and Charles Kennedy.
After the exhiliration of the Scottish referendum, tonight is proving once again that Scotland's political scene has been transformed by the SNP -- and this transformation may alter the UK forever.
Here are the headlines so far:
- 20-year-old Maihri Black becomes Britain's youngest MP since 1832, unseating senior Labour strategist Douglas Alexander.
- Labour leader Jim Murphy unseated in East Renfrewshire, losing to the SNP with a swing of 24%.
- Gordon Brown's old seat of Kircaldy and Cowdenbeath has fallen to the SNP with a record-breaking swing of 35%.
- Alex Salmond wins Gordon and is back in Westminster
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We'll wrap up now -- Danny Alexander, the Lib Dem chief secretary to the Treasury, has just lost his seat to the SNP's Drew Hendry. As it stands, with one more seat in Scotland to declare, the SNP are on 55; Labour 1; Conservatives 1; Liberal Democrats 1. This has been the SNP's night, as most expected it to be -- a total landslide for Nicola Sturgeon. And she wasn't even standing. Thanks for reading.
Charles Kennedy, the former Lib Dem leader is now a former Lib Dem MP too. He just lost the Ross, Skye and Lochaber seat to... the SNP, of course. Ian Blackford is the new MP.
The SNP take Edinburgh West from the Lib Dems. Yet another gain. The Scottish lion keeps on roaring.
A quick update as it stands in Scotland. SNP: 50. Labour: 1. Liberal Democrat: 1. Conservative: 1. Five more seats to come.
The only Tory in the village...
The SNP candidate Richard Arkless has taken Dumfries & Galloway from Labour. Another one down.
It's not a Labour wipeout in Scotland! Ian Murray, the Labour candidate, was elected with 39% of the vote in Edinburgh South. The SNP's Neil Hay got 34% in second place.
So far, the SNP has won 41 seats in Scotland the Liberal Democrats one. Labour? None. But there are still seats to be called. It might not be a total wipeout yet.
Alex Salmond has won his seat, Gordon. The former SNP leader is back in Westminster. He may well lead the SNP's Westminster operation in lieu of Nicola Sturgeon, the party leader -- she's not standing to be an MP.
Ming Campbell, the former Lib Dem leader, stood down at this election. His old seat, North East Fife, stayed yellow. But a different type of yellow -- the SNP candidate, Stephen Gethins, took it.
A rare good news story for the Lib Dems -- the Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael has held on to his Orkney and Shetland seat.
Tom Clarke ousted as three more fall
As predicted (and feared by those of a red tinge) Tom Clarke has lost his seat in Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill, ending his 33 years as an MP.
Clarke's is one of three more seats to fall to the SNP in the last few minutes. That makes it 33-0 in their head-to-head with Labour. And they're on course to become the first party to win over 50% of the vote across Scotland since the Conservatives in 1955.
Not everyone is happy about tonight's events...
So far, so SNP...
So far the SNP have won 30 seats. The SNP have won 0.
The SNP get Simpson-ed
McGarry takes Glasgow East
And now Glasgow East has gone yellow. Natalie McGarry has cleaned up, continuing the SNP rout, ousting the Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland Margaret Curran.
This is getting cruel now.
Swinging all over the place
Anyone who wants to know the swing in East Renfrewshire, well it was 24%. Nothing to write home about really.
Murphy is putting up a noble and courageous front here, congratulating Kirsten Oswald on her victory and thanking his Labour team. He's showing himself to be a genuinely nice guy - maybe that was his downfall?
Now Murphy's gone
And I thought Mhairi Black was big... now Jim Murphy, leader of Scottish Labour, has lost his own seat in East Renfrewshire.
Murphy lost out to Kirsten Oswald, who is described as a HR professional and is making her first foray into politics.
The landslide continues
The SNP has just won Inverclyde by a majority of 11,000, and frankly that doesn't seem that impressive now. Not after what we've seen.
Sturgeon plays down referendum talk
Nicola Sturgeon is trying desperately to remain cool and calculated, despite all the celebrations going on around her.
The seats keep tumbling to the SNP
Results are now flooding in, and they're all coming up SNP. Even Kircaldy and Cowdenbeath, the former seat of Gordon Brown, has fallen - and that with a record-breaking swing of 35%. This is simply unbelievable; they have more closely-contested elections in North Korea.
Mhairi Black: the factfile
Mhairi Black has made history tonight by becoming Britain's youngest MP since 1832, ousting Labour front-bencher Douglas Alexander in the process.
Here are some facts about the marvel who has won the seat of Paisley.
- She is studying politics at the University of the West of Scotland, and has a year to go on her degree.
- She is a self-confessed 'political geek' and also loves football, supporting Partick Thistle. She proudly claims she was one of the first girls to play for her school football team.
- She claims to have participated in political marches from a young age, including a demonstration against the Iraq war (which began when she was eight).
- She has volunteered for Oxfam, and travelled around Scotland with The Margo Mobile campaign, visiting deprived areas.
- She has courted controversy due to her remarks on Twitter about Celtic Football Club, righting in October 2013 "I've only just realised - I really f***** hate Celtic" and "Celtic, yer a joke!#scum".
20-year-old Maihri Black beats Douglas Alexander
This is massive. 20-year-old university student Maihri Black has ousted Labour's Douglas Alexander, the co-ordinator of the party's nationwide strategy, and becomes Britain's youngest MP since 1832. It's a new Portillo moment.