Major gains for Tories in council elections but SNP hails 'emphatic' victory

Laura Christensen
May 6, 2017

Meanwhile polls have warned that Labour, which won a majority in four councils five years ago, could be facing "heavy losses".

During the election campaign, SNP leader Ms Sturgeon said a win for her party "would be hugely significant" but she added it would "take nothing for granted".

The SNP is hoping to topple Labour from its Glasgow City Council stronghold where it has held power for more than three decades.

Clackmannanshire Council, the smallest authority in Scotland, was one of the first to declare all its results - with the SNP remaining the largest party after returning eight councillors, one fewer than in 2012.

After winning overall control of two of Scotland's 32 local authorities in 2012, the nationalists are also seeking to increase the number of town halls which are under their command.

"The people of Glasgow have made a quite clear signal to the SNP to stop dividing the country and stop dividing Glasgow".

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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But Ms Sturgeon said the Tories should "watch their language", as she accused Labour of focusing on independence due to a lack of positive policies after former chancellor Alistair Darling called on the SNP to rule out a second independence referendum while campaigning in Edinburgh.

Britons began voting on Thursday in local and regional elections expected to give a taste of how far Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May's dominance extends before next month's national election.

He told the BBC News Channel: "The SNP are running very strong in Aberdeen, we've got high hopes of taking control of the city. We are now in a position to lead Scotland's fightback on June 8 in the General Election too". It was the first ever win for the Tories in the area.

"So when it comes to the General Election we want to reinforce this trend - after all there is one thing absolutely desperately needed in this country, a real opposition to Theresa May and the Conservative Party and the SNP in Scotland intend to provide it".

Labour has been in power there since 1980, and fielded 43 candidates for the 85 seats split across 23 multi-member wards.

The council is completed by Independent candidate Duncan Cumming, who was elected in Bearsden North.

The Scottish Greens returned seven councillors, up from four, while the sole Liberal Democrat lost her seat.

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