Local election results in Scotland likely to heal COSLA rift

Despite having the largest number of councillors, this doesn't guarantee the Tory party a controlling interest - unless Labour and the SNP can not reach an agreement on a coalition deal.

"As is the case right across Scotland, the choice in Gordon is clear".

She said: "This was a council election that the SNP fought on local issues, which is probably why the SNP won the election so emphatically".

Ms Hair also increased the party's share of the vote by 15% in Angus South in the Scottish Parliament election a year ago.

FIRST MINISTER NICOLA STURGEON, has today (Monday 8 May) accused the Tories of harvesting Ukip votes to sacrifice Scotland's jobs and economic safety.

Internal party data based on how Scotland voted at last week's local government election claims that the party is poised to stage a remarkable comeback north of the border.

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On Friday the Tories saw significant advances in the local elections in England and Wales, gaining more than 550 council seats and saw shock victories in mayoralty contests in the West Midlands and Tees Valley.

Similarly, Labour would be attacked by the SNP if local politicians struck up partnerships with the Conservatives.

Voters also backed the Tories in the Borders constituency of Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk, where first preference votes outstripped the SNP by 20 per cent.

LABOUR has said it is "within touching distance" of the SNP in seven Scottish seats at the General Election after it analysed the council poll results.

But while admitting the Conservatives had done well in Scotland, Sturgeon insisted that May's party had eaten into Labour's rather than her own SNP party's support.

Other deals may be harder to stitch together, not least because of the SNP's declared refusal to work with the Tories. The only way to secure that is to make sure Scotland votes SNP on June 8.

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"The strength of feeling that's out there in this election is so much stronger than I've come across at previous elections", she added.

"Also in the north-east of Scotland it's not the greatest thing to boast you're going to win beforehand, the folk here tend to bring them back down to earth with a bump "And that I think will happen to the Tories". The cliché is a two-horse race, but it really is and we will be leading Scotland's fightback against the SNP.

Last week the UK Prime Minister accused the European Union of interfering in the upcoming UK General Elections on 8 June, causing more tensions with the 27 member block and drawing criticism for provoking what some analysts fear could be a "no deal Brexit" situation. And now the Tories have older people in their sights too - as they gear up to end the pensions triple lock.

Speaking ahead of her campaign launch in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said: "The council elections showed people are turning away from the SNP, because they are fed up with the nationalists' attempt to force another divisive referendum".

The highest turnout was in East Renfrewshire at 57.8% while Glasgow recorded the lowest at 39%.

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