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No breakthrough for Scots Greens

Caroline Lucas and husband Richard Savage
The success of Ms Lucas was not replicated north of the border

The Scottish Greens made no breakthrough north of the border despite their counterparts in England sending their first MP to Westminster.

The party currently has two MSPs in the Scottish Parliament, but was unable to finish higher than fifth in any seat during Thursday's general election.

Its best result came in Edinburgh East, where Robin Harper - already an MSP - polled 2,035 votes.

The other smaller parties also failed to make any real advance in Scotland.

Despite the historic success of Caroline Lucas in becoming the first Green elected to Westminster when she won the Brighton Pavilion constituency, the Scottish Greens actually saw a fall in support from the 2005 general election.

Mr Harper was the only candidate not to lose his deposit, and the party only received more than 1,000 votes in three seats.

Scottish Green MSP Patrick Harvie said: "I look forward to welcoming her [Caroline Lucas] to Scotland as we start work toward next year's Holyrood election."

The UK Independence Party saw its share of the vote increase marginally from 0.4% to 0.7%, while the British National Party's 13 candidates - all of whom lost their deposits - received a total of 8,910 votes, an 0.3% increase from 2005.

The Scottish Socialist Party fielded 10 candidates and received a total of 3,157 votes.

And former MSP Tommy Sheridan, who was standing as one of 10 Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidates in Scotland, lost his deposit after receiving 931 votes in Glasgow South West.

STUC spokesman Grahame Smith said it was now essential that all parties act responsibly to form stable government.

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