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'Shock' As Tories Gain In Glasgow From Labour

'Shock' As Tories Gain In Glasgow From Labour

"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".

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.

Her bullish stance was echoed by SNP number-crunchers who last night claimed they had attracted 105,000 more votes than at the last council elections in 2012.

The Conservatives have comfortably left Labour and the SNP trailing in their wake as the main political party in East Renfrewshire following last week's elections.

Councillors Stocks said: "As far I'm concerned we won the election in North Lanarkshire and it is our right to try to form the next administration". The SNP hasn't lost ground across Scotland today, what we've seen is the collapse of Labour and that's the reason for the increase in the Conservative vote.

They can reward Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond by sending another SNP cheerleader for independence to Westminster.

That compares to the 394 seats the party won in 2012.

It says Ruth Davidson's party is now ahead in 15 constituencies in Scotland and may defeat the SNP in parts of the country it previously regarded as unwinnable.

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

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with local candidate Rebecca Long-Bailey after getting off his battlebus as he arrives in Salford for a general election campaign stop. The Tories, who previously had no councillors in the area, gained two and there were also two independents elected.

"We go into this election with one seat".

"Our council candidates will work hard to serve their constituencies, to make Scotland's communities stronger, safer and more successful places to live and work in".

In any event, the change of leadership is likely to create an interesting dynamic with the SNP-run Scottish government, which has frequently been at odds with COSLA in recent years over funding and what councils see as a steady diminution of their responsibilities.

Liberal Democrats improved by one point to 9% and Ukip were unchanged on 7% - however the figure was released before the humiliating losses during local elections.

The Tories are still on course for a landslide victory at the June 8 general election, despite Prime Minister Theresa May's popularity waning slightly amongst voters. Their vote share will rise from the 13% they got at these elections last time out, there'll be more Conservative councillors. They've put up former Better Together boss Blair McDougall at the general election there in an effort to out-unionist the Conservative candidate.

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