Scottish Labour has recorded its worst-ever election result north of the Border since devolution, with the party down two MSPs to 22 compared with 2016. The party continued its downward trend finishing third behind the Tories and SNP, despite new leader Anas Sarwar enjoying strong personal approval ratings among Scots since taking over the top job. Mr Sarwar, who has only been in the leadership role for ten weeks, insisted his party is “on a journey” to build “a credible alternative to the SNP” and “back on the pitch” after an “energetic and enthusiastic” campaign. “We are significantly ahead of where we were just ten weeks ago, and I’m incredibly proud of everything our activists have achieved,” he said, adding that Scottish Labour has “a credibility again” and that people “aren’t embarrassed anymore to say they’re voting Labour”. After delivering a credible nine-point increase in his party’s vote share in Glasgow Southside but ultimately losing the seat to Nicola Sturgeon, Mr Sarwar will return to Holyrood via the Glasgow regional list.