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Scottish Lib Dem leader Tavish Scott resigns

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Tavish Scott has quit his post, after his party's "disastrous result" in Thursday's Scottish Parliament election.

The number of Lib Dem MSPs dropped from 16 to five, as the SNP cashed in on a collapse in the party's vote.

Mr Scott said that, as leader, he had to "take responsibility" for the result, but admitted that the party's Westminster coalition with the Conservatives had affected the outcome.

The Liberal Democrat leader, Deputy Prime Minster Nick Clegg, said: "I was very sad to hear of Tavish's decision."

  • 07 May 2011