Keir Starmer meets Scottish Labour MPs in Downing Street following general election triumph

Keir Starmer has met Scottish Labour’s 37 MPs in Downing Street following the party's triumph at the general election.

The group – accompanied by Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar and deputy leader Jackie Baillie – was pictured outside No10 with the Prime Minister on Tuesday morning. England flags were draped over the railings in the background.

Labour shot to victory in Scotland in last week’s election, jumping from just one MP at the 2019 vote to 37.

In the process, the party overtook the SNP which fell to just nine MPs. The Nationalists had dominated since winning all but three seats in 2015.

Starmer stressed his commitment to Scotland after the election win, making the country his first stop on a UK-wide tour where he met with the leaders of the devolved administrations.

The meeting came hours before the MPs would be sworn in at Westminster.

Since devolution, Labour’s fortunes in Holyrood have waned, losing power in 2007 and slumping to third place in 2016 behind the Conservatives.

But leader Anas Sarwar has targeted success at the 2026 Scottish Parliament election, with his party hoping to capitalise on the issues facing the SNP.

Speaking after the meeting, Sarwar said: “Scottish Labour’s 37 fantastic MPs will put Scotland’s voice at the heart of our Labour government, and are getting straight to work to deliver for the people of Scotland.

“Scotland’s best days lie ahead of us, and Labour is ready to unlock the vast potential that exists in every part of our country.

“The politics of division and fear are in retreat, and under Labour the politics of hope and optimism have been restored.”

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