What does council vote tell us about general election?

Ruth Davidson has launched an appeal to voters to help bring down SNP at the general election

The party has representatives in all of the country's local authorities except Orkney.

The SNP appears to have failed to take the city cleanly from Labour, despite it being among the few urban areas to vote leave during the European referendum.

The SNP is claiming victory in Glasgow despite narrowly failing to take overall control of the city council as Labour was ousted from power after almost 40 years.

The Tories are also ahead in Perth & North Perthshire, earning 41 per cent of first preference votes compared to 32 per cent for the SNP.

Party leader Nicola Sturgeon said: "The SNP has won the council elections". It is the first time a Tory has been elected there.

The Labour leader noted the Sunday Times Rich List last weekend found the 1,000best-off people in the country had seen their wealth grow by 14% in the lastyear.

Ms Hair also increased the party's share of the vote by 15% in Angus South in the Scottish Parliament election a year ago.

"Also in the north-east of Scotland it's not the greatest thing to boast you're going to win beforehand, the folk here tend to bring them back down to earth with a bump "And that I think will happen to the Tories".

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.

Labour was beaten into third place by the Conservatives in Scotland, where the SNP was comfortably the largest party despite failing to take control of target councils.

Last week's elections brought more bad news for Scottish Labour.




The SNP had been hoping to topple Labour from the Glasgow stronghold where it has held power for more than three decades.

Despite the heavy losses, some in the party feared the results could have been even worse.

Labour leader Kezia Dugdale described the results as " obviously a disappointing election".

She said: "This was a council election that the SNP fought on local issues, which is probably why the SNP won the election so emphatically".

Meanwhile, a woman has won a seat in on the local council in East Ayrshire running on a platform to tidy up the local area. By which I don't mean to suggest she has been struck dumb or otherwise rendered mute for the duration of this general election campaign, merely that she no longer has anything new to say.

But, equally, it could be a sign that the party has lost ground.

"The local government vote makes it clear".

Moray MP, Angus Robertson, welcomed the Greens' announcement, saying: "This outlines the election as a two horse race between the SNP and the Tories".

The party polled 4.1% of first preference votes, an increase on the last election.

"Every Labour councillor will always put their local communities first".

Salmond said that after his campaign launch he would be "hitting the doorsteps, pounding the pavements, getting stuck in".

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