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The newly re-elected MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Alasdair Allan, has been joined in Parliament by a new SNP list MSP for the Highlands and Islands, Emma Roddick.

In welcoming Ms Roddick to her role, Alasdair Allan said the SNP’s win across Scotland was outstanding, and said there was now a very clear mandate for an independence referendum after the pandemic is over. 

Alasdair Allan commented:“For any party which has been in government for 14 years to increase its tally of both votes and seats is virtually unheard of anywhere.

"And to get 64 out of 129 seats in a parliament elected by a proportional system is phenomenal. No other party has ever come close to this. 

“The SNP now has more than twice the number of MSPs of its nearest competitor, the Conservatives, while Labour and the Lib Dems both had their worst national election results in the history of the Scottish Parliament. 

“There is now a clear pro-independence majority of SNP and Green MSPs elected to the Parliament with an unambiguous mandate to hold an independence referendum. 

“Now that the results are all in, the Prime Minister, whose party has not won an election in Scotland since the 1950s, needs to look at these results and recognise that Scotland’s people now get to decide Scotland’s future”.