United Kingdom local polls to give taste of national vote in June
- Author: Leroy Wright May 06, 2017,
May 06, 2017, 18:17
For the first time ever, the Tories had a councillor elected in Paisley's Ferguslie Park - the most deprived part of Scotland - while the party also increased its numbers in Glasgow, where it previously had just one representative.
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Polls suggest that Labour is trailing both the Scottish National Party (SNP) and the Scottish Conservatives in Thursday's local elections and bode ill for its fortunes in the United Kingdom general election.
Green co-convener Patrick Harvie, whose party is seen as a front-runner for a coalition pairing, praised the surge in the Green vote and said a more "balanced" council would give the elected Greens the chance to push for a more radical agenda.
If replicated at the general election on 8 June, this swing would see Mr Robertson lose his seat to the Tories, providing what Scottish Conservatives' leader Ruth Davidson has said will be "a real Ed Balls moment" in reference to the former Labour Chancellor, who was spectacularly unseated in 2015 from his Morley and Outwood seat.
As the first results began to trickle in after Thursday's vote, shadow worldwide trade secretary Barry Gardiner said: "It's never good to hear that we are losing seats".
A resurgent Conservative party made large gains across the Granite City winning a total of 11 seats - gaining in wards as diverse as Hilton, Woodside and Stockethill to the more affluent Lower Deeside. "The real soul-searching in Scotland has to be done by the Labour Party".
Former council Leader Martin Rooney has this afternoon admitted that he will continue to push Scottish Labour values in opposition- after losing his grip on control of West Dunbartonshire Council. In March, first minister Nicola Sturgeon's minority SNP administration in Edinburgh voted to demand the powers to hold a second referendum on leaving the UK.
The SNP took one more seat than Labour at North Lanarkshire Council, however both parties are looking to form the new administration.
"We denied the SNP a majority at Holyrood past year".
The numbers so far suggest a 17-point lead for the Tories, not far off the national opinion poll numbers which have left so many people slack-jawed.
In Harlow, once a weather vane, the Tories took every single seat.
"I think Labour really have a lot of soul searching to do, not just because of the result in Glasgow but due to their results across the country".
But after the first three wards were declared, it became clear Labour would not be able to retain overall control of the council.
"In places such as Glasgow, North Lanarkshire, East Lothian, Inverclyde, Fife and elsewhere, the Tories are in a distant third place".
But that's also true for the SNP - vote up, seats up, share up.