Scottish nationalists defeat Labour
By Katherine Baldwin
EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Scottish nationalists committed to independence from Britain became the largest party in the Scottish parliament on Friday in a severe blow to the Labour Party.
The SNPâ€™s win in Thursdayâ€™s election ended 50 years of Labour dominance in Scotland, although it will need to ally with other parties to form a governing coalition in Scotland.
SNP leader Alex Salmond, who has pledged a referendum in three years on Scottish independence from Britain, declared himself the winner. “This is an historic moment,” he said.
Blair is expected to announce next week he is stepping down as prime minister and the SNP victory bequeaths a thorny problem for his successor, almost certain to be Chancellor Gordon Brown, a 56-year-old Scot.