Nicola Sturgeon hails 'emphatic' SNP election results

Elias Hubbard
May 13, 2017

But she added: "We're going to be fighting bloody hard in places that we perhaps haven't targeted before at a general election".

Basing its calculations partly on "notional" results the BBC said the SNP were actually down by seven, but it didn't really matter: the SNP vote had held up, and held up well.

Ms Davidson said the council election results had been "very encouraging" but that her party was taking "nothing for granted" ahead of the poll on 8 June.

"The people of Glasgow have made a quite clear signal to the SNP to stop dividing the country and stop dividing Glasgow".

Party leader Nicola Sturgeon said: "The SNP has won the council elections".

Tony Blair's landslide victory 20 years ago all but wiped out Scottish Conservatism, with the party failing to win a Westminster seat in 1997 and never holding more than a single constituency since.

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

"We have gained seats in councils all over Scotland today".

The Scottish Conservatives won seats in working-class areas including Shettleston in Glasgow's east end, and Ferguslie Park in Paisley, two of the most deprived areas in Scotland which had previously been no-go areas for the Tories.

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

Labour also has 11 representatives on the authority, and there are four independent councillors.

The party needed to get all its candidates elected to retain its majority at the city chambers, which has been a Labour stronghold for almost 40 years.

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

Although that marked the first time that the SNP had managed to outpoll Labour in local elections, the outcome was, in truth, widely regarded as a disappointment for the nationalists.

The local elections brought mixed fortunes for Willie Rennie's party.

Thursday's council elections delivered the Conservatives' best results in Scotland for generations, with the party putting on 164 seats to achieve a tally of 276.

Ms Davidson spent the day campaigning in Gordon, where Mr Salmond is the SNP's candidate.

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

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 Scottish Greens will be happy with their showing in last week's election.

"The Tories are helping us in their rather presumptuous announcements that they're going to win the seat".

She continued: "This city is bursting with potential and there is really an opportunity now for a bright new start and administration that will see Glasgow fulfil its potential".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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