Tories 'leading fightback against SNP' with major gains in local elections

Polls have opened for local elections across Britain - just five weeks before voters are being asked to do it all over again in the General Election.

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.

Councillor Karen Marjoram stepped in as interim leader after the shock defeat of Neale Hanvey, and her first role will be to meet with her newly elected team of councillors tomorrow before planning their next moves.

Ms Sturgeon said: "What we've seen across Scotland today of course is the SNP vote holding firm".

Chambers will also take on a taste of Holyrood with the election of former SNP MSP Christian Allard to the Torry and Ferryhill ward and Sandra Macdonald, the wife of Labour North East MSP Lewis, to George Street/Harbour.

"It was the Tories who tried to make it a referendum on an independence referendum and they came quite a distant second".

Mrs May has a runaway lead of around 20 percentage points in the general election polls as she tries to strengthen her hand ahead of Brexit talks.

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.

Labour's Steve Rotheram has been elected as metro major Liverpool City but Conservative Tim Bowles triumphed in the mayoral race in the West of England.

However, the results of yesterday's votes will not be a direct proxy for next month's election.

He said: "I think we need to celebrate that we have achieved this historic victory".

The Tories' share of the vote in Scotland was no better than Labour's in England, which was regarded as a "disaster" for Mr Corbyn, she said. The area is a stronghold of First Minister and Welsh Labour leader Carwyn Jones, so the result is bound to be disappointing.

It is incredibly important that everyone has their say on who they want to represent their community.

The SNP becomes the largest party there, as in Edinburgh and Aberdeen where it also deposed Labour, but it lacks a commanding majority in all three.

While Callum Kerr is widely admired for his stint as MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk (BRS) but he has the smallest majority in Scotland and the Conservatives are so confident that their candidate John Lamont gave up the safety net of a Scottish parliament seat to take on the general election campaign.

On the rise of the Tory vote he was sure it was down to opposition to independence.

Whenever the (previously Toxic) Tories can win a seat in Shettleston and in some of the most deprived places in the country its clear that people are not voting according to the Conservative party position on the redistribution of wealth.

  • Leroy Wright