General Election polls: Conservatives heading for landslide victory

Cheryl Sanders
May 15, 2017

Sturgeon has explicitly ruled out doing any deals with the Tories, even though the SNP had two coalitions with Conservative councillors after the 2012 election.

But the Tories also gained 167 seats and returned a record number of councillors.

Local Greens convener, James Mackessack-Leitch, who fought the 2015 Westminster election on behalf of the party, said that he was taking a stand against next month's UK Government vote - by not standing.

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

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale also said there had been a "clear backlash against the SNP's plans for a divisive second independence referendum".

"The Tories polled a lower share of the vote in Scotland than Jeremy Corbyn did in England so, yes, a good performance from a low starting point but it's Labour that the Tories have taken support from, not the SNP".

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. Barrhead, in East Renfrewshire, elected its first Conservative councillor in 25 years, as did Cumnock in East Ayrshire and the Western Isles.

"Theresa May and I are determined to stand up for all those people who have had enough of the chaos and uncertainty of the past few years".

Scottish Liberal Democrats Lib Dems: Party leader Willie Rennie is hopeful of gains in the general election.

Mr Robertson said: "The Tories want to take Moray for granted and use local votes to deliver their damaging hard line agenda, putting thousands of jobs at risk, just as they want to block opposition elsewhere in the country". 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.

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

In the shire (Aberdeenshire Council), the Conservative vote is very strong and we'll have to do something about that in five weeks' time.

After 37 years of running Glasgow, Labour's grip on the city was over as the SNP became the largest party in the city.

Labour has fallen to third place with 147 councillors, down by 59. The SNP will fight to protect the interests of the people of Scotland.

The First Minister will point to Mrs May's refusal to entertain allowing Scotland to remain in the European single market - which has led Ms Sturgeon to call a second independence referendum - as evidence that the Tories are "starting to believe they can do anything to Scotland and get away with it".

Labour has said it is "within touching distance" of the SNP in seven Scottish seats at the General Election after it analysed the council poll results.

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