Labour loses out as SNP and Tories snap up seats

"So, you know, I take nothing for granted going into this election, but I think the day after my party has won by a considerable margin more votes, more seats and more councils than any other party".

Professor Curtice said the Tories had failed to open a large gap between them and Labour, and that Kezia Dugdale's party was "down but not out".

However, with Labour's representation on KCC decimated after losing eight seats, and the Lib Dems also failing to make any gains, the Greens, who successfully defended their one council seat in Hythe, want the parties to join forces over the coming weeks.

"There are 77 members of North Lanarkshire council, the SNP have 33, so numerically they are not in a position to form an administration so I will meet with senior colleagues, we'll sit down and look at the all the options while ruling nothing in and nothing out". And the SNP have not had any difficulty increasing their vote in local by-elections during the last two years.

The party lost 10 MPs in the 2015 General Election, and now holds only one seat in Orkney and Shetland.

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".

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The SNP leader said Theresa May would win the election and the SNP would "stand up for Scotland" at Westminster while the Tories would follow the Prime Minister.

Mr Robertson, the SNP's Westminster leader, is facing a fight in Moray where the Tories secured 36.1 per cent of first preference votes last week, compared with 31.6 per cent for the SNP.

Labour has been in power in Glasgow since 1980, but as its vote slumped in the Scottish council elections, the party lost the majority it had in Glasgow.

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".

However, the vast shifts in party numbers that we have seen overnight suggest a trend that goes deep.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson paid a visit to Inverurie as the Tories turned their attention to Alex Salmond's Gordon constituency. It means that in this seat, as in many others, it is a two-horse race between us and the Nationalists.

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

"We denied the SNP a majority at Holyrood past year".

Asked whether the Tories winning 15 seats was a "likely scenario", the Scottish Tory leader insisted she never made predictions ahead of elections.

Nevertheless, the local government elections confirm that political momentum, remarkably, is with the Scottish Conservatives.

"The results like this across Scotland are a real springboard to beat the SNP where we are challenging them on 8 June", he said.

Describing the results as a "clear and emphatic victory for the SNP", Ms Sturgeon said: "SNP councillors and SNP councils will put their communities and the people of Scotland first".

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