2017 General Election Other Political Parties Scottish National Party ‘Some things don’t change’ Moment crushed Alex Salmond lashes out at Tory ‘civility’ Posted on June 9, 2017 5 min read Comments Off on ‘Some things don’t change’ Moment crushed Alex Salmond lashes out at Tory ‘civility’ 0 15 ‘Some things don’t change’ Moment crushed Alex Salmond lashes out at Tory ‘civility’ A DEFEATED Alex Salmond lashed out against Tory activists as the Scottish nationalist was forced to concede his seat to the Conservative Party. Alex Salmond throws the Tory party’s civility into questionThe SNP faced a massive backlash across Scotland in the early hours of the morning, as the former first minister lost his seat to Colin Clark, who secured 21,861 Gordon votes. Taking aim at the Tories, Mr Salmond drew Theresa May’s party’s civility into question while claiming the SNP remained influential in Westminster.Mr Salmond said: “But overall the results in Scotland show the SNP won a majority of the seats in this country.“Which I suspect Prime Minister would like to be able to claim in the early hours of this morning but might not be able to do so. Alex Salmond took to the podium to swipe at the Tories after losing his seat “Some things don’t change, over the last 30 years, the Conservative Party’s civility is one of these things.“So the SNP may well find itself in reduced numbers in the House of Commons, but they are in a position very substantial influence indeed.”The former SNP leader said the “smaller” group of nationalists would have more influence in Westminster in the event of a hung parliament. Both Labour and the Conservatives have made a significant dent in Nicola Sturgeon’s presence in the Commons, reducing her previous haul of 56 seats. Speaking to BBC News, Mr Salmond said: “I think there will be a second independence referendum, it’s a question of timing. “A third irony in politics is this SNP group, though smaller, will be going into a parliament where it looks like at this stage it will be very influential indeed. “That influence will be used on behalf of Scotland, on behalf of Scottish democracy and to defend the Scottish parliament. “People in Scotland have the right to expect to elect SNP MPs in large numbers, that looks like what is going to happen.” The SNP’s Angus Robertson also lost his Moray seat in the North. If exit polls are to be believed, Britain is on the brink of a political crisis after the prediction showed Westminster was heading for a hung parliament. The shock survey released shorting after the polling stations shut their doors at 10pm indicated Theresa May’s House of Commons majority has been wiped out. The Conservatives are 12 seats short of the 326 they need for an absolute majority in the Commons. The poll puts her party on 314 seats, with Labour on 266, the SNP on 34, Liberal Democrats on 14, Plaid Cymru on three and Greens on one. If the poll is correct, Mrs May is expected to seek a minority government seeking support from opposition MPs on a measure-by-measure basis.