Election 2017: 'SNP could be more influential because of the hung Parliament', says Humza Yousaf MSP

Election 2017: 'SNP could be more influential because of the hung Parliament', says Humza Yousaf MSP

The election result is a hung Parliament, which the MSP (pictured left) claims can be beneficial for the SNP

Friday, June 9, 2017

Humza Yousaf has claimed the Scottish National Party (SNP) could be more influential in Westminster because of the coalition government. 

Theresa May is due to visit Buckingham Palace to seek permission from the Queen to form a government. 

This government is believed to be a coalition between the Conservative Party and the Democratic Unionists Party (DUP) because Theresa May's party did not secure a majority on its own.

Between the 318 seats which have been claimed by the Tories and the 10 by the DUP, they would have the majority to form a government. 

Yousaf, SNP MSP for Glasgow Pollok and Scottish Government Minister for Transport, told Hartley-Brewer the election night might have been hard for the SNP, but there was hope in the election result. 

He said: "It’s been disappointing to lose seats. We lost some real big hitters - Angus Robertson, Alex Salmond.

"But politics is always full of ironies and the one here is the SNP might be more more influential because of the nature of the hung Parliament. 

"We can be this in making sure not only Scotland is heard, but other voices across the UK. I think we'll be able to put forward a progressive agenda throughout the next term."