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

Local elections 2017 Theresa May

Local elections 2017 Theresa May

Labour has lost overall control of Glasgow city council for the first time in 40 years, as the party suffered defeats in local elections across the country.

"There were a lot of people who voted for us for the very first time and what I would say is that every single Conservative councillor who has been elected across Scotland will absolutely work so hard to put local services first and not drag us back to any more constitutional division".

Labour and the Lib Dems said they would target seats in a bid to oust SNP MPs.

"The day after my party has won by a considerable margin more votes, more seats and more councils than any other party and improved our position on the last council election, I think I'm reasonably entitled to feel quite optimistic as we go into the next contest", she said.

Local elections 2017 Theresa May
GETTYThis points to a massive majority for Theresa May in next month's General Election

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. May has urged voters to give her party a bigger majority in next month's election to strengthen her hand in Brexit talks with Brussels.

The leader of the Labour group, Frank McAveety, held his seat, also in Shettelston, after 26 years but his role as council leader looks uncertain as the SNP still hopes to seize control of the city.

She said: "Yes, by their standards, the Tories did well - and I take nothing away from them - but they did well entirely at the expense of the Labour Party".

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.

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"However, despite our differences all the parties are now going to have to find a way to work together and Jim Logue is certainly someone I intend to speak to over the weekend".

Sturgeon has argued that her mandate for a second referendum derives from the Holyrood vote in favour of one and pointed out that her party had won the local election.

The Tories gained a councillor in Shettleston, with Thomas Kerr, 20, saying he was "shocked" to win in the east end of Glasgow, a former Labour stronghold.

"There is no doubt, given that the SNP are doing no more than treading water, they are potentially vulnerable to the Conservatives in these seats", he said.

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"The reality is that only a general election vote for the Conservatives in 34 days' time will strengthen my hand to get the best deal for Britain from Brexit".

But both were outstripped by the SNP, which added 31 councillors, winning a total of 431.

But he also said it was the SNP who could provide "real opposition" to the Conservatives at Westminster, slamming " divisive Tory policies targeting the poor, people with disabilities and the vulnerable - things like the rape clause, abandoning the triple lock in pensions".

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

The Greens and Conservatives made further gains as results for a further four wards were declared, with the former taking one seat and the latter two, while Labour gained five and the SNP secured six.

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