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

The party, it continued, had won "more seats" and "an increased and higher share of the vote" than any other party.

The full results of last week's council elections have been published by the Electoral Management Board for Scotland.

So, even if the SNP's performance in the local elections may not necessarily signal a sharp decline in the party's prospects for June's general election across Scotland as a whole, it does look as though the party's position has weakened significantly in the north east. 'We said no, ' declared posters featuring Ruth Davidson's face, 'we meant it.' That clearly resonated with Unionist (rather than just Tory) voters, just as Nicola Sturgeon's anti-Tory, pro-referendum message played well with her own core support. "Their chances of forming a government at Westminster are the stuff of utter fantasy". They ignored the overwhelming result of the European Union referendum in Scotland.

Of Scotland's 32 councils, 29 are now under no overall control and three are held by independents.

She said: "The Tories chose to fight the election on the issue of an independence referendum, they talked about nothing else, they didn't have any policies for local government".

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

The party won 431 seats, 155 more than their nearest rivals, the Conservatives.

"Make no mistake - we are the underdogs going into this campaign".

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale told the BBC News Channel: "I know they (the SNP) are screaming and shouting just now and delighting in the result, but the reality is the SNP took every single seat in that city in 2015, every single seat in 2016, they should have walked it".

The local government results will be added to data gathered by the party through months of canvassing, with Ms Davidson admitting activists will now be "fighting hard in places that we perhaps hadn't targeted before at a General Election".

Lib Dem leader Tim Farron brought his campaign bus to Scotland on Monday and said the choice was between electing the SNP as "cheerleaders for independence" at Westminster or his party, which would oppose independence and a hard Brexit, and fight for cash for mental health and education.

Launching the party's general election campaign in Manchester, Mr Corbyn warned there will be "a reckoning" if he wins power and breaks up a system he said is rigged in favour of the wealthy and against ordinary workers.

"In places such as Glasgow, North Lanarkshire, East Lothian, Inverclyde, Fife and elsewhere, the Tories are in a distant third place".

Mr Salmond conceded that support for the Conservatives is on the rise in Scotland - but claimed "presumptuous announcements" by the Tories would only seek to boost support for the SNP.

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