Labour thinks it can win back seats in Glasgow from SNP
May 17 2017
Nicola Sturgeon hailed Scottish local elections as an "emphatic" win for the SNP - despite significant Conservative inroads.
Following the local elections which saw the SNP come out as the largest party across Scotland's local authorities, the SNP leader warned Prime Minister Theresa May that her flirtation with Ukip voters in England to pursue a hard negotiating stance with the European Union will result in the "sacrifice of thousands of Scottish jobs".
Equally, the official tally of the parties' share of the first preference vote across Scotland as a whole, which was published today by Elections Scotland, confirms that the SNP was well ahead of the rest of the pack.
The Greens and Conservatives made further gains as results for a further four wards were declared, with the former taking one seat and the latter two, while Labour gained five and the SNP secured six.
"So we've seen a huge resurgence and there are people out there that want to see that fightback against the SNP and they know now that it's the Scottish Conservatives that are going to lead it".
"And as for the General Election, while you've always got to be careful about extrapolating from one election to another, the issue for Scotland becomes quite clearly focused".
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.
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.
That compares to the 394 seats the party won in 2012.
Labour has lost overall control of Glasgow city council for the first time in 40 years, as the party suffered defeats in local elections across the country. Therefore, although the Labour Party is down I don't think it is yet out. Under Jeremy Corbyn, it's a different picture.
The election results showed the SNP in the ascendency, with the Tories and Labour "scrapping for second place", she said.
An SNP spokesman said: "The arrogant Tories can spin as much as they like, but the fact stands that the SNP won the election last week on a platform of protecting local services while Ruth Davidson's party obsessed over the constitution and were roundly beaten".
She said: "We will speak up for the millions of Scots who have had enough of the uncertainty and division of the last few years".
"The Tories put an independence referendum at the heart of their campaign".
Opinium's head of political polling Adam Drummond said: 'The strains of the campaign spotlight have had some impact on the public perception of Theresa May, with Remain voters in particular feeling less convinced by her message than at the start of the campaign. "And yet they lost the election yesterday. They will fight against Tory attempts to drive down living standards and will not be distracted by campaigning for a divisive second independence referendum". The fact that the party won only 32% in the local elections would seem to raise questions about its ability to repeat that feat. "It was expected. We dust ourselves down and go on", he said.
The Tories also earned more first preference votes than the SNP in Gordon, where the former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond is the incumbent MP.
"The Tories are the party of the "rape clause" and hard Brexit".