Major gains for Tories in council elections but SNP hails 'emphatic' victory

May 06, 2017, 01:47
Major gains for Tories in council elections but SNP hails 'emphatic' victory

Thomas Kerr, 20, was one of the Conservative councillors elected as the party's fortunes rose, taking a seat in Shettleston.

Ms Davidson declared: "Today's result makes one thing crystal clear: all across Scotland, only the Scottish Conservatives have the strength to fight back against the SNP".

Ms Sturgeon has made winning control of Glasgow City Council after decades of Labour hegemony one of her top priorities in the contest and she chose the city as the destination for her final campaign stop on Wednesday afternoon.

Labour have lost control of Glasgow City Council ending 40 years in charge of the authority.

The SNP has lost its overall majority in Dundee, although it remains the largest party there with 14 councillors.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said: "I would like to thank everyone yesterday who went out and voted Scottish Conservative".

He said the party "seems unlikely" to retain control at any of the four councils where it won an overall majority in 2012 - Glasgow, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire.

Conservatives saw their share of the rise in most parts of the country, including pushing Labour into third place in Aberdeen.

Estimated final declaration times of councils in Thursday's local elections graphic
Estimated final declaration times of councils in Thursday's local elections graphic

With counting in Scotland only starting at 9am, the first ward-level results began throwing up surprises, with several prominent local politicians losing their seats.

"We've seen here today that the Scottish Conservatives are leading the fightback against the SNP, and that's not just in rural areas or areas where we've traditionally been strong but that's in urban areas too".

She added: "The issue at the heart of this election is whether you support independence or oppose independence - surely that decision should be taken by people in Scotland, by the Scottish people and the Scottish Parliament, and not by a Tory government at Westminster".

"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".

The council is completed by Independent candidate Duncan Cumming, who was elected in Bearsden North.

Labour's former council leader Frank McAveety, who retained his seat in Shettleston, said: "The SNP predicted they could return 56 councillors, they've only returned 39 councillors".

Both Labour and the Conservatives had five councillors elected, with the result for the Tories up four on five years ago.

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