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The Queen Says 'Many More Scots' Are In Parliament After SNP Landslide, Despite Labour's Former Dominance In Scotland

10/11/2015 18:43 GMT | Updated 10/11/2015 18:59 GMT
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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MAY 09: First Minister and leader of the SNP Nicola Sturgeon is joined by the newly elected members of parliament as they gather in front of the Forth Rail Bridge on May 9, 2015 in South Queensferry, Scotland. Back (L-R) Stuart McDonald, Callum McCaig, Patrick Grady, Stewart McDonald, Allison Thewliss, Stuart Donaldson, Ronnie Cowan, Paul Monaghan, Pete Wishart, Brendan O'Hara, Hannah Bardell, John Nicolson, Michelle Thomson, Natalie McGarry, Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, Eilidh Whiteford, Alex Salmond, Joanna Cherry, Corrie Wilson, Marion Fellows, Neil Gray, Peter Grant, Calum Kerr, Douglas Chapman, Phil Boswell, Stephen Gethins, Owen Thompson, Martin Docherty and Front (L-R) Chris Law, Mhairi Black, Steven Paterson, Kirsty Blackman, Martyn Day, Angela Crawley, Alan Brown, Anne McLaughlin, Phillipa Whitford, Richard Arkless, Stewart Hosie, Angus Robertson, Mike Weir, Kirsten Oswald, Margaret Ferrier, Lisa Cameron, Patricia Gibson, Carol Monaghan, Gavin Newlands, Deidre Brock, Drew Hendry, Tommy Shepherd, John McNally, Roger Mullin, Chris Stephens. The SNP won all but three of the 59 general election seats in Scotland, and is now the third largest party in the House of Commons. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

The Queen has reportedly said there appears to be more Scots MPs in Parliament following the Scottish National Party obliteration of Labour at this year's general election.

Former Liberal Democrat MP Sir Simon Hughes, today knighted, said the Queen told him during the investiture ceremony that the changes he must have seen in politics included "many more Scots".

The SNP now boasts 56 of the 59 Westminster MPs after this year's general election. Labour, once dominant north of the border, has been reduced to just a single Member.

Sir Simon is the party's former party deputy leader who lost his Bermondsey and Old Southwark seat to Labour after 32 years.

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Former Lib Dem MP Sir Simon Hughes

He was knighted for public and political services at the same time as actor Benedict Cumberbatch received the CBE for services to the performing arts and to charity.

Sir Simon said: "Her Majesty asked me about the changes I have seen in Parliament and obviously one of the things I said was that of course there are many more women now than when I was first elected. And she said 'but also many more Scots'."

Mr Hughes added: "No-one would have predicted a few years ago we would have 56 Scottish National Party MPs."

At the SNP conference in Aberdeen last month, John Nicolson, the party's culture spokesman in Westminster, said Tory MPs have been saying there appeared to be more Scottish MPs - despite the total representing Scottish constituencies not changing. The MP claimed this reflected the "stronger voice" Scotland now has in London.