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Scottish Lib Dem leader Scott Resigns

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TEHRAN, May 8 (ICANA) – The leader of Scotland's Liberal Democratic party, Tavish Scott has announced his resignation with immediate effect following Thursday's Holyrood election.
Sunday, May 08, 2011 7:40:07 PM
Scottish Lib Dem leader Scott Resigns

Scott's resignation comes after the Scottish Liberal Democrats suffered a heavy defeat in the election, losing 25 constituency candidates, British media reported.

The Lib Dems' leader in Scotland conceded that the election's results were “disastrous” and that the party needs a "new direction".

The Scottish parliament will now have just five Lib Dem MSPs, with no constituency seats on the mainland. They had 16 MSPs in the previous parliament.

"Thursday's Scottish general election result was disastrous and I must and do take responsibility for the verdict of the electorate," said Scott who elected party leader in August 2008.

"The party needs a new direction, new thinking and new leadership to win back the trust of the Scottish people, he said, adding, "I am honoured to serve as Shetland's MSP in this parliament."

The Liberal Democrat leader, Nick Clegg accepted Scott's resignation, saying he was sad to hear Scott was stepping down.

"He has been an excellent and energetic leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats at an extremely difficult time, as well as a good friend and colleague," Clegg said.

"I'm sure he would have done a brilliant job leading the fight back for the Lib Dems in Scotland, but I fully respect his decision.

"I know that Tavish will continue to play a central role in supporting the new Lib Dem leader in Scotland and in Scottish politics as a whole", added Clegg.

Scottish Labour leader Iain Gray, who has also announced his resignation following Thursday's election, wished Scott well for the future.

"Tavish Scott has served his party energetically and I am sure he will continue to serve his constituents diligently and effectively," he said.

Both Labour and the Lib Dems suffered huge losses to the Scottish National Party (SNP), which won Holyrood's first overall majority with a total of 69 seats.

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