Sunday, 19 November, 2017

Labour eyeing seven Scottish seats after analysing vote in council elections

Conservative candidate for Chelmsford Central Dick Madden celebrates with colleagues after retaining his seat Conservative candidate for Chelmsford Central Dick Madden celebrates with colleagues after retaining his seat
Howard Terry | 17 May, 2017, 12:12

Tory hopeful, Douglas Ross, responded the Greens' stance was "an attempt to bolster the SNP vote".

Opinion polls giving May's Tories a lead of nearly 20 points over their main rivals, the Labour Party, could be wrong because United Kingdom surveys were misleading in earlier elections, she will say, according to emailed extracts of her speech.

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

Not too long ago, the city's council would have been a banker for Labour.

Meanwhile, Labour slumped to become the third largest party in Scotland's councils, and was kicked out of power in its Glasgow heartland for the first time in nearly 40 years. It also went from first to second place in Aberdeenshire.

"So even if the SNP's vote is largely holding up in most of Scotland, the local results do give reason to believe it is not doing so
in the north-east - and that as a result senior
SNP MPs such as Angus Roberton in Moray and Pete Wishart in Perth have a fight on their hands".

The SNP remains the largest party in local government in Scotland, with 431 councillors voted into office, up slightly from the total of 425 in 2012. Meanwhile the SNP will be celebrating actually coming out on top from these elections and, armed with electoral information and their own narrative of defending Scotland from Theresa May's electoral steamroller, they'll be celebrating again come June 8.

The Scottish Conservatives enjoyed unprecedented gains across the country last week.

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

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.

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.

Last week the UK Prime Minister accused the European Union of interfering in the upcoming UK General Elections on 8 June, causing more tensions with the 27 member block and drawing criticism for provoking what some analysts fear could be a "no deal Brexit" situation.

He said it would be a "major moment" for the SNP if it wins power in the "iconic" city of Glasgow, which has been part of Labour's traditional Scottish heartlands. Ukip's sole win was a gain from Labour in Lancashire, as its vote share collapsed nationally from from 22% to less than 5%.

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

Party insiders said the Scottish Conservatives leader was "parking her tanks on Alex Salmond's lawn" after ousting an SNP councillor in Inverurie.

At first glance the SNP scored another remarkable success in the Scottish local elections on May 4.

Indeed, as soon as Theresa May called a snap general election for June 8th the Scottish Conservative party simply rolled two campaigns into one.

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

Asked whether the Tories winning 15 seats was a "likely scenario", the Scottish Tory leader insisted she never made predictions ahead of elections. There have been boundary changes since the last vote.

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