Life expectancy in Scotland has fallen for the first time in 35 years. Males born in the period 2015 to 2017 can expect to live until the age of 77.02 – down from 77.07 – data from National Records of Scotland show. Girls born over the same period now have a life expectancy of 81.09 years, compared to 81.15 for those born between 2014 and 2016. Labour health spokesman Anas Sarwar said the last time such drops happened was in 1983, when Margaret Thatcher was prime minister. While life expectancy has increased by 7.9 years for men and 5.8 years for women over the last 35 years, Scotland still has the lowest life expectancy of the four nations in the UK. The figures were published as statistics showing the number of Scots living to be 100 or more is at near record level, with the country having about 900 centenarians in 2017. That’s an increase of 45 per cent from the estimated 620 a decade ago. But opposition politicians branded the life expectancy stats a “wake-up call”. Sarwar said the figures “should shame both the Tory and SNP Governments”.