Local elections 2017: When do the polls close TONIGHT?

Nick Mcbride
May 7, 2017

In retrospect, Nicola Sturgeon pushing for a second independence referendum when she did has turned out to be an absolute gift for her bitterest foes.

The SNP won most seats in the local elections but the Scottish Conservatives made significant gains.

The Executive, which includes Dugdale, will allow council groups the discretion to propose deals with any party, but on the proviso that a sub-group of the Executive has the final say.

Labour and the Lib Dems said they would target seats in a bid to oust SNP MPs.

The First Minister and SNP admitted the Conservatives in Scotland had "a good day by their standards", with the party returning a record number of councillors north of the border.

The Conservatives are hoping they might be able to defeat the Scottish National Party's (SNP) Westminster leader Angus Robertson after winning the most votes in the local council elections in his constituency of Moray.

Ms Sturgeon said: "This is a historic win".

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 to eight, after having had just one representative there previously.

The SNP remains the largest party in local government with 431 councillors voted in.

Voters are heading to the polls as the local council elections get under way.

Ms Davidson also went on to criticise Labour, who slumped to become the third largest party in Scotland's councils, adding: "As for Labour, they were left to count the cost of decades of complacency, arrogance and a failure to respond to the concerns of ordinary families".

"People right across Scotland now are looking for this fight back against the SNP", Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson told the BBC. Barrhead, in East Renfrewshire, elected its first Conservative councillor in 25 years, as did Cumnock in East Ayrshire and the Western Isles.

"There are 10 Tories and two independent members, those two independents may decide they'd prefer to work with Labour".

The SNP is claiming victory in Glasgow despite narrowly failing to take overall control of the city council as Labour was ousted from power after nearly 40 years.

He said: "There was no outright victor, the SNP have one more member, and that means we have to have a totally different mind-set".

With 31 SNP and seven Greens there is now an independence supporting majority on Glasgow City Council.

Indeed, as soon as Theresa May called a snap general election for June 8th the Scottish Conservative party simply rolled two campaigns into one.

Based on the results declared so far in the local elections, Theresa May is expected to win a majority of 48 following the general election.

In Dundee the SNP lost their overall majority, according to The Courier, but the SNP group leader is still likely to run the council, as head of either a minority administration or a coalition. It means that in this seat, as in many others, it is a two-horse race between us and the Nationalists.

That compares to the 394 seats the party won in 2012.

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