Council election sees high profile Aberdeenshire figures lose seats

Meanwhile the SNP will be celebrating actually coming out on top from these elections and, armed with electoral information and their own narrative of defending Scotland from Theresa May's electoral steamroller, they'll be celebrating again come June 8.

Today's local elections in the United Kingdom should be a good indicator of the national mood going into the general election in June. The unpopular leadership of Jeremy Corbyn and internal divisions over Brexit make losses inevitable.

In recent years, Labour has suffered a series of crushing defeats by the nationalists, culminating in a third place finish in elections to the devolved Scottish parliament last year. And even then the bald figures will disguise the fact that there's a lot of independents get elected that are Tory in all but the colour of their rosette.

Labour has also lost overall control in two of the four Scottish councils where it had held a majority - its former stronghold of Glasgow and West Dunbartonshire.

Ms Davidson said that across the country, people are "looking for this Scottish fightback against the SNP".

Labour slipped from power in the first three wards declared, losing two seats to the SNP, while the Conservatives doubled their previous tally to two and the Greens also gained.

The prime minister insisted she was not taking "anything for granted" but her party enjoyed a stunning day that was matched by a dramatic decline for Labour, which lost more than 300 seats.

The SNP appears to have failed to take the city cleanly from Labour, despite it being among the few urban areas to vote leave during the European referendum.

These areas are mostly rural or semi-rural and have a tendency to be either Conservative bastions, particularly in England, or have no single party in control.

The general election for Scottish voters would be a straight choice between the Conservatives, who are likely to win power at Westminster on the back of their support in England, and the SNP, who would "stand up for Scotland's interests", she said.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it was a "fantastic, historic result for Glasgow".

Voters in local and mayoral elections took to the polls in many parts of the United Kingdom on Thursday.

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".

First, the SNP was meant to seal its position as the dominant party in Scotland by gaining seats and, above all, councils.

He said: "The SNP have been telling us for weeks that they are guaranteed to win a majority in Glasgow".

Mr Rowley said: "Labour's approach is clear and consistent: we will categorically refuse to do any deal with another party if it would result in further austerity being imposed on local communities".

  • Leroy Wright