SNP leadership election result updates as successor to Nicola Sturgeon announced

The new SNP leader has been announced following campaigning from Humza Yousaf, Ash Regan and Kate Forbes.

The SNP revealed the results of the two-week online ballot in Edinburgh at 2pm.

A vote in Holyrood will follow on Tuesday to select the next First Minister.

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Key Events

  • Humza Yousaf is the new leader of the SNP
  • Yousaf promises to lead the generation which delivers independence for Scotland.

Humza Yousaf likely to become Scotland’s sixth First Minister following Donald Dewar, Henry McLeish, Jack McConnell, Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon.

Do Kate Forbes and Humza Yousaf have what it takes to replace Nicola Sturgeon? Picture: Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty ImagesDo Kate Forbes and Humza Yousaf have what it takes to replace Nicola Sturgeon? Picture: Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty Images
Do Kate Forbes and Humza Yousaf have what it takes to replace Nicola Sturgeon? Picture: Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty Images

Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar emphasises that: “It’s important to pause for a moment and reflect on the significance of the election of what will likely become the first, First Minister from an ethnic minority background. That is a significant moment for Scotland.”

Scottish Labour leader Anas SarwarScottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar
Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar

Sarwar believes that Scotland needs fresh ideas which the SNP can no longer provide.

Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar no longer believes that the SNP has a mandate in Scotland following the election of Humza Yousaf.

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross congratulates Humza Yousaf on his victory.

Ross confirms that he will stand against Yousaf as the leader of the opposition at Holyrood.

Scottish Conservative Party leader Douglas Ross reacts during First Minister's Questions at Holyrood. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty ImagesScottish Conservative Party leader Douglas Ross reacts during First Minister's Questions at Holyrood. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Scottish Conservative Party leader Douglas Ross reacts during First Minister's Questions at Holyrood. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Likely that the Scottish Greens will provide Yousaf with enough votes to be elected as First Minister in Holyrood tomorrow.

He has previously spoken about being keen to continue the Cooperation Agreement and keep the party in Government.

Co-leader of the Scottish Green Party Patrick Harvie at the 2023 Scottish Green Party Spring conference. Picture: Jane Barlow/PA WireCo-leader of the Scottish Green Party Patrick Harvie at the 2023 Scottish Green Party Spring conference. Picture: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
Co-leader of the Scottish Green Party Patrick Harvie at the 2023 Scottish Green Party Spring conference. Picture: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
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