**Scottish Conservatives to be second largest party at Holyrood
The Scottish Conservatives will be the second largest party at Holyrood following a night of significant gains.
After results from the regional lists were returned, the Tories ended up with 31 seats - 32 behind the SNP on 63.
Scottish Labour won 24 seats, the Scottish Greens six and the Lib Dems five.
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson celebrated after she won the Edinburgh Central seat from the Nationalists.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron congratulated Ms Davidson on the “historic result”.
The Tory PM said: “She is a leader who will stand up to the SNP and give Scotland strong opposition.”**
Ms Davidson received 10,399 votes in her constituency, an increase of 15% from 2011 when the Conservatives came fourth.
The Scottish leader said she was under “no illusion” that many people who backed the Tories were “true blue Conservatives”.
She said many first-time Conservative supporters backed the party “because there’s a job of work they want us to do”.
Ms Davidson added: “I hope the message that was resonating was of being a strong opposition, to hold the SNP to account, to saying no to a second independence referendum, to respect the decision that our country made and to really focus on the things we’re paying a government to focus on, on schools, on hospitals, on public services. That’s what people want.”