Published: Thu, May 11, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

General election 2017: Scotland's political leaders step up their campaigns


Had last week's local elections been the General Election then, would the Tories have taken the seat?

"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 Tory leader will call for a "Herculean" effort from her party as she presents herself as the opposition to SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, saying many are "looking for somebody to stand up" to her.

Nevertheless, the SNP (slightly) overplayed its hand in this election, giving the impression it would win overall control of local authorities in Aberdeen and Glasgow.

"However, despite our differences all the parties are now going to have to find a way to work together and Jim Logue is certainly someone I intend to speak to over the weekend".

The party's own analysis suggests it could be in contention in more than a dozen constituencies across the country after finishing second in the council ballot with a 25% share of first preference votes.

The SNP returned 11 councillors for the area, one more than in 2012.

"SNP councillors and SNP councils will put their communities and the people of Scotland first".

As a result, the Conservatives gained 164 councillors across Scotland. It did not, though it did become the largest party in each, as it now is in half of Scotland's 32 councils.

Although the Conservatives did well "by their standards", they did so by taking votes from Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party and not by eating into SNP support, the First Minister said.

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LABOUR believes it can win back seats in Glasgow it lost to the SNP two years ago.

"With the last two years spent on the development of polling methods specifically devised with the intention of confronting the Labour problem, the question must be considered that we've gone too far the other way", he said.

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

Ruth Davidson will official launch the Scottish Conservatives campaign in Edinburgh while Kezia Dugdale will do likewise for Labour in Rutherglen.

The latest Britain Elects poll of polls, which takes several electoral polls and provides an average figure for each party, also has the Conservatives in the lead with 46.4%, Labour 28.2%, Ukip 6.7%, Liberal Democrats 10.1% and Green 2.8%.

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

Once considered a no-go zone for the Tories, they added more than 150 council seats north of the border ahead of next month's general election.

Last week the UK Prime Minister accused the European Union of interfering in the upcoming UK General Elections on 8 June, causing more tensions with the 27 member block and drawing criticism for provoking what some analysts fear could be a "no deal Brexit" situation.

This is the third local government election in a row that the party has made losses.

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