Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Labour eyeing seven Scottish seats after analysing vote in council elections

Labour eyeing seven Scottish seats after analysing vote in council elections

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.

For the first time ever, the Tories had a councillor elected in Paisley's Ferguslie Park - the most deprived part of Scotland - while the party also increased its numbers in Glasgow to eight, after having had just one representative there previously.

However, Ian Murray, Scottish Labour's only incumbent MP, said the "Sturgeon surge is over" after the SNP last week failed to win a majority in any of the country's local authorities and lost seven seats when boundary changes are taken into account.

Looking at results from last week's council election the party thinks it can re-take Glasgow South West.

Ms Sturgeon said earlier that a vote for the SNP will protect local services.

"We will lead the fightback against the SNP right across Scotland and we're going to fight on behalf of everyone".

And this is where we'll be until June 8th and most likely for some time after that, two entrenched camps - unionist and nationalist - shouting at one another about the constitution.

"Over the coming weeks SNP candidates will work hard to win the trust of voters and show that we are the only party standing up for Scotland".

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Voters were choosing candidates for the state legislature, whose leadership may now change from its current SPD-Green coalition. Meanwhile, the Left Party (Die Linke) may fail to enter the state parliament, being on the edge of the 5% threshold.

The Scottish Conservative leader said she was "nervous" about the outcome of the vote.

Both Labour and the Conservatives had five councillors elected, with the result for the Tories up four on five years ago.

RUTH Davidson has declared it "game on" as she launched her paty's General Election campaign today. The party won 431 seats, 155 more than their nearest rivals, the Conservatives.

Over one in ten votes on Thursday were cast for independent candidates - in the Highlands and the Islands in particular, council elections are often still genuinely local rather than partisan battles. However, they may find that the harsh reality of a Westminster election is that 25 per cent of the overall vote, as achieved in the local elections, is not rewarded with 25 per cent of the seats.

While the election will provide an indication of support ahead of the Westminster poll, politicians from all parties stressed the important role councils play in areas such as education and social care, and have urged Scots to use their vote.

The SNP leader will cite the Prime Minister's claims that European Union leaders are trying to interfere in the general election to warn that the Tories want a hard Brexit "whatever the cost to Scotland".

"Every Labour councillor will always put their local communities first". "We will not be a government that presides over food bank Britain or asks teachers to go on the school gates and collect funds to pay the teachers' wages", he said.

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