Tories `leading fightback against SNP´ with major gains in local elections

Posted May 18, 2017

"We are now in a position to lead Scotland's fightback on June 8 in the General Election too". Over one in ten votes on May 4 were cast for independent candidates - in the Highlands and the Islands in particular, council elections are often still genuinely local rather than partisan battles.

Alex Salmond has accused the Tories of making "vainglorious boasts" about their chances of winning his seat in the General Election, as he warned Ruth Davidson she could be brought "back down to earth with a bump" by the voters. Although that marked the first time that the SNP had managed to outpoll Labour in local elections, the outcome was, in truth, widely regarded as a disappointment for the nationalists.

"What we've seen across Scotland today of course is the SNP vote holding firm".

The comment fits with a national Conservative decision to carefully downplay their success, although it appears many inside the party are expectant of a significant win north of the border.

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The results of last week's council polls are expected to give added momentum to candidates looking for votes in the general election. Meanwhile the SNP will be celebrating actually coming out on top from these elections and, armed with electoral information and their own narrative of defending Scotland from Theresa May's electoral steamroller, they'll be celebrating again come June 8.

Equally, the official tally of the parties' share of the first preference vote across Scotland as a whole, which has just been published, confirms that the party was well ahead of the rest of the pack. They could, to be sure, cut several mighty SNP majorities down to size, and still not win.

Meanwhile, Labour slumped to become the third largest party in Scotland's councils, and was kicked out of power in its Glasgow heartland for the first time in nearly 40 years. For example there is much talk of Angus Robertson being under threat in his Moray seat, largely because that was the area of Scotland that came closest to backing Brexit.

She insisted there was "not a shred of disappointment" that the SNP had failed to secure an overall majority in Glasgow City Council, where Labour had been in power since 1980.

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The election results showed the SNP in the ascendency, with the Tories and Labour "scrapping for second place", she said.

While the constituency boundaries for Westminster are slightly different, the Scottish Conservatives are keen to capitalise on the rise in support locally as the general election approaches.

"The local government vote makes it clear".

A total of 262 councillors were elected on a Labour platform, although one of them had been expelled from the party after the ballot papers had been printed.

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However, Ms Sturgeon, who joined the SNP's new council group in Glasgow, said: "I've heard lots of ludicrous arguments in my time in politics but this takes the prize for the most ludicrous argument".