Labour eyeing seven Scottish seats after analysing council election results

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 10, 2017

LABOUR believes it can defeat the SNP in seats it lost in Glasgow and the West of Scotland.

The findings are based on an analysis by the Scottish Conservatives of first preference votes from last week's council elections, which were revealed yesterday.

Other deals may be harder to stitch together, not least because of the SNP's declared refusal to work with the Tories.

LABOUR has said it is "within touching distance" of the SNP in seven Scottish seats at the General Election after it analysed the council poll results.

Nicola Sturgeon has dismissed claims that the surge in Tory support in Scotland could derail her plans for a second independence referendum as "ludicrous". "I have to say I'm delighted, the effect is to galvanise the SNP support".

Ms Sturgeon started the first full week of campaigning at Inveralmond Brewery in Perth with local SNP MP Pete Wishart, where she practised pulling pints.

All in all, there is little in these local election results to suggest that Labour is on course to reverse the losses it suffered at the hands of the SNP in its Clydeside heartland two years ago. "There is now no doubt - they'll sacrifice Scotland's interests and jobs because they're far more concerned about winning votes from Ukip".

But the Tories also gained 167 seats and returned a record number of councillors.

The Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, has told supporters that there are no longer any "no-go areas" for her party, as she tried to establish the Tories as the main opposition to the Scottish National Party.

Scottish Labour deputy leader Alex Rowley meanwhile insisted his party is still a "major party" in local government, despite losing seats.

Yet the task facing the SNP next month is to defend its remarkable success in winning 56 out of Scotland's 59 seats at the United Kingdom election in 2015, a success based not on winning a little less than a third of the vote, but on securing 50%.

The former first minster continued: "I've never taken any election battle for granted, I've represented the north-east of Scotland for 30 years and every election the Tories tell me they are going to beat me and every time they fall short". This is absolutely game on.

She added that many Scots were angry that their Remain vote had been "assimilated" by the SNP and turned into a "proxy vote" for independence.

"The strength of feeling that's out there in this election is so much stronger than I've come across at previous elections", she added.

"Now more than ever before there is a need to send strong voices for Scotland to stop the Tories from doing whatever they like".

"Taking nothing away from the tremendous result they had in 2015, they then tried to do that thing where they made out that the SNP was Scotland and Scotland was the SNP".

"The Tories want to deprive young people of opportunities, they want to hammer working families and they want to put more of a burden on households with punitive policies like the Bedroom Tax and Rape Clause".

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