Scottish Election results 2021 RECAP: Alex Salmond concedes Alba unlikely to win seats | SNP's Angus Robertson takes Edinburgh Central from Scottish Conservatives | Nicola Sturgeon and John Swinney win constituencies | Labour's Jackie Baillie holds onto Dumbarton | Turnout surges | Interactive constituency map

The count for perhaps the most consequential Scottish Parliament election in history has begun.

Take a look back on the events as they happened throughout the day.

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Scottish Election 2021 RECAP: Election results and updates from across Scotland

Last updated: Friday, 07 May, 2021, 09:22

  • Angus Robertson takes Edinburgh Central from Tories
  • Sturgeon plays down chances of SNP majority
  • SNP take Ayr from Tories in tight race
  • Salmond concedes Alba unlikely to win seats
  • SNP gain East Lothian from Labour

Scottish election 2021: Covid has made this a strange experience for those hoping to win voters' backing – Christine Grahame

Covid has made this election a strange experience for those hoping to win voters' backing – Christine Grahame

I write this on election day with typical Scottish weather: heavy showers, sunshine and hailstones.

Following Labour’s defeat to the Conservatives in Hartlepool, Steve Reed, shadow secretary for communities and local government, has said his party needs to listen to voters or the “defeats will keep coming”.

Scottish elections 2021: Edinburgh count gets under way with first results expected at teatime

Elections 2021: Counting of votes begins as Edinburgh waits for results

Counting of votes was getting under way this morning as Edinburgh waited for the result of what is seen as one of the most important elections since devolution.

Voters across Edinburgh faced chilly conditions, torrential rain and even hailstones as they turned out at the polls

Voters across Edinburgh faced chilly conditions, torrential rain and even hailstones as they turned out at the polls

Edinburgh voters braved freezing cold, torrential downpours and the occasional hailstone shower to exercise their democratic rights yesterday.

Ballot boxes at the P&J Live/TECA, Aberdeen

Scottish Election 2021: The die is cast, now Scotland waits...

Scottish Election 2021: The die is cast, now Scotland waits...

The polls closed at the traditional time yesterday. The ballot boxes were locked, collected, and transported to community halls, leisure centres, concert venues the length and breadth of the nation, but those drafty expanses, normally filled with the clang of trolleys, the rustle of papers, the sucking of mints and teeth, the expectancy of victory and the disappointment of defeat, lay empty and silent.

Asked whether the Labour Party needs a new leader, former shadow chancellor John McDonnellJohn McDonnell said Sir Keir Starmer has “got to be given his chance”.

Today’s Scotsman front page

Lord Peter Mandelson, former Labour MP for Hartlepool, said he feels “fairly gutted” at the result in Hartlepool and also “a mild fury”.

Counting has started in the Scottish Parliament election

Counting has started in the Scottish Parliament election, with more than half of the constituencies expected to declare on Friday.

Votes in 46 of the 73 constituency seats will be counted, with the first results expected in the afternoon.

All 46 are due to be declared by Friday evening.

Scottish Election 2021: How to use our interactive Holyrood Election result map

This is how you can use our interactive Holyrood Election 2021 result map

We’ve created an interactive constituency map to display the winning party in each seat as the results come in – here’s some background on how we will be using this graphic.

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