Nicola Sturgeon hails 'emphatic' SNP election results

The results put the Tories on track to secure a significant majority in the general election.

"There's no question the Tory vote is on the increase and therefore we have to galvanise the SNP support", he told Press Association Scotland. It was the Tories who tried to make it a referendum on an independence referendum and they came quite a distant second.

"Sturgeon stagnates" might be a reasonable way to look at the direction of travel since that vote, but it seems only fair to compare like with like, and a slump in local election terms seems somewhat harder to quantify. The party won 431 seats, 155 more than their nearest rivals, the Conservatives.

Meanwhile, Nuttall said his party was "caught in a Tory tidal wave" after losing all its 145 councillors in the local elections. It also went from first to second place in Aberdeenshire.

Opinion polls giving May's Tories a lead of nearly 20 points over their main rivals, the Labour Party, could be wrong because United Kingdom surveys were misleading in earlier elections, she will say, according to emailed extracts of her speech.

"It's that in Scotland, and elsewhere in the United Kingdom right now, people of all walks of life, urban and rural, middle class or blue collar, are simply looking for some certainty".

SNP group leader David Stocks was adamant there would be no coalition with the new Conservative group, but Labour leader Jim Logue refused to rule anything out at this stage.

The SNP has won Scotland's council elections, winning more councillors, more votes and more councils than any other party.

Unfortunately for the Labour party, their reading of the results last week was overtly simplistic at best, and wishful thinking at worst.

Despite the heavy losses, some in the party feared the results could have been even worse.

Equally, the official tally of the parties' share of the first preference vote across Scotland as a whole, which has just been published, confirms that the party was well ahead of the rest of the pack.

Labour leader Kezia Dugdale described the results as " obviously a disappointing election".

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron took his campaign bus to several Scottish seats it hopes to regain.

The local elections brought mixed fortunes for Willie Rennie's party.

Lib Dem leader Tim Farron is bringing his campaign bus to Scotland as the party target constituencies such as East Dunbartonshire and Edinburgh West.

RUTH Davidson has declared it "game on" as she launched her paty's General Election campaign today.

Four councils that quit the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) in a dispute over decision-making processes - Glasgow, Aberdeen, Renfrewshire and South Lanarkshire - are expected to rejoin at the COSLA convention at the end of June. "We will not be a government that presides over food bank Britain or asks teachers to go on the school gates and collect funds to pay the teachers' wages", he said.

  • Leroy Wright