Friday, May 7, 1999 Published at 15:59 GMT 16:59 UK
Scots head for coalition rule
Dennis Canavan: Joy and sorrow
Labour has emerged as the biggest party in the new Scottish Parliament but has fallen nine seats short of winning an overall majority.
"What I want to see is stable government for Scotland, I think that's what Jim Wallace wants to see, I suspect that's what Donald Dewar wants to see and I'm certain that's what Scottish voters want to see," he said.
It was a different story in the regional lists, which were decided by a form of proportional representation.
The Scottish National Party won 28 of the 56 top-up seats; the Tories 18; the Lib-dems five and Labour three. The Scottish Socialist Party won one, as did the Scottish Greens.
Dennis Canavan, who became Scotland's first independent MP since 1959 by winning Falkirk West, had been ditched by Labour during the selection process for the new parliament.
"But I do hope that some reconciliation might be possible as long as there is an understanding that on my part there will be no compromise on the principles and policies which I have always held dear and which I used to think that the Labour Party also held dear."
"It has been a positive campaign on principles and policies."
Mr Canavan also said he would consider the timing of his resignation as an MP at Westminster, in a move which will result in a by-election.
In his victory speech, he quoted the first six words of the Scotland Act: "There shall be a Scottish Parliament" and said that with those words, Scottish politics "are forever changed".
In the Orkney Islands constituency, Liberal-Democrat leader Jim Wallace was returned with 6,010 votes, a majority of 4,619 over the Tories.
The Lib-Dems' demands would be in line with the policies set out in the party's manifesto.
Mr Wallace said negotiations on a partnership programme would take place this weekend then the question of cabinet ministers would be addressed.
In Banff and Buchan, SNP leader Alex Salmond was safely returned with 16,695 votes.
The Scottish Conservatives' leader David McLetchie missed out on seat in the first-past-the-post election in Edinburgh Pentlands.
The Lothian regional list declaration was delayed until Friday afternoon and more than 17 hours after the election count began, he was finally confirmed as an MSP.
Lord Steel, the Lib-Dem peer who is tipped to become the parliament's first presiding officer (speaker), also won a seat from the Lothian list.
There was joy for Labour in Glasgow Govan, where Gordon Jackson beat SNP high-flyer Nicola Sturgeon. Ms Sturgeon later won a place in the parliament on the top-up list.
Mr Jackson shrugged off the controversy which surrounded sitting Westminster MP Mohammed Sarwar to win with a majority of 1,756.
But Labour lost Aberdeen South to the Liberal Democrats' Nicol Stephen, who once served briefly as MP in Kincardine and Deeside.
South Lanarkshire Council leader Tom McCabe made history in Hamilton South by becoming the first Member of Scottish Parliament - a post which carries a £40,092 salary.
Mr McCabe took the seat in the constituency ballot, securing 14,098 votes and winning with a majority of 7,176. Turnout was 54.8%. Mr McCabe secured 54.21% of the vote.
"The parties have an obligation to commit themselves to making this parliament work for Scotland."