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Labour loses overall control of Glasgow City Council

The fact that the party won only 32% in the local elections would seem to raise questions about its ability to repeat that feat. Scottish Conservatives even have their first ever councillor in the Western Isles.

It was the best local election performance by a governing party in 40 years, with the gains mostly coming at the expense of Labour and UKIP, which lost all of its 145 local authority seats.

ICM's research director, Martin Boon, said there was now a risk that the latest poll was over-stating support for Conservatives and under-representing the Liberal Democrats.

In other words, the realignment of Scottish politics continues.

Launching the party's general election campaign in Manchester, Mr Corbyn warned there will be "a reckoning" if he wins power and breaks up a system he said is rigged in favour of the wealthy and against ordinary workers.

The party lost 10 MPs in the 2015 General Election, and now holds only one seat in Orkney and Shetland.

'We said no, ' declared posters featuring Ruth Davidson's face, 'we meant it.' That clearly resonated with Unionist (rather than just Tory) voters, just as Nicola Sturgeon's anti-Tory, pro-referendum message played well with her own core support.

As a result, the Conservatives gained 164 councillors across Scotland.




Ms Davidson said the results showed "only the Scottish Conservatives have the strength to fight back against the SNP". "The cliché is that it's a two-horse race, but it really is, and we will be leading Scotland's fightback against the SNP".

Meanwhile, leading pollster Professor John Curtice said claims of a Tory resurgence could be overblown - and that the contest to be Scotland's biggest pro-Union party was not yet won.

In Perth and North Perthshire, for example, the Conservatives need a nine percent swing to unseat Scottish affairs select committee chairman Pete Wishart, and they managed nearly 13% in parts of his constituency.

"There are 77 members of North Lanarkshire council, the SNP have 33, so numerically they are not in a position to form an administration so I will meet with senior colleagues, we'll sit down and look at the all the options while ruling nothing in and nothing out".

"Voters across Scotland will take a dim view of arrogant Tories taking them for granted. So for people in Scotland, if they want strong voices standing up for Scotland's interests and holding the Tories to account in Westminster, that can only come from the SNP".

While the constituency boundaries for Westminster are slightly different, the Scottish Conservatives are keen to capitalise on the rise in support locally as the general election approaches.

"There are 10 Tories and two independent members, those two independents may decide they'd prefer to work with Labour".

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