What does council vote tell us about general election?

James Kelly Labour campaign manager said: "This analysis shows that Labour is ahead of the SNP or within touching distance of the SNP in seven seats across Scotland".

Maybe we are simply discovering that voters in Scotland are just not so keen on voting for the SNP in local elections - much indeed as was the case for Westminster elections until the party's 2015 success.

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

The Conservatives also had a councillor elected in Paisley's Ferguslie Park - the most deprived part of Scotland - for the first time ever.

Meanwhile, leading pollster Professor John Curtice said claims of a Tory resurgence could be overblown - and that the contest to be Scotland's biggest pro-Union party was not yet won.

In target areas for next month's election, such as East Dunbartonshire and Edinburgh, the party gained seats.

But a surge in support for the Scottish Conservatives saw them end the day with a record 276 councillors, more than double the 115 they secured five years ago.

She added: "Wherever you are, from the Borders to the Highlands, the only party strong enough to lead that fightback against the SNP is the Scottish Conservatives".

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"So when it comes to the General Election we want to reinforce this trend - after all there is one thing absolutely desperately needed in this country, a real opposition to Theresa May and the Conservative Party and the SNP in Scotland intend to provide it". They've put up former Better Together boss Blair McDougall at the general election there in an effort to out-unionist the Conservative candidate.

And this, I suggest, is a problem for the first minister.

Alex Salmond has accused the Tories of making "vainglorious boasts" about their chances of winning his seat in the General Election, as he warned Ruth Davidson she could be brought "back down to earth with a bump" by the voters.

We should be careful, then, about using last week's figures to predict how the 59 Scottish seats at Westminster will carve up.

Councillors Stocks said: "As far I'm concerned we won the election in North Lanarkshire and it is our right to try to form the next administration". It was the Tories who tried to make it a referendum on an independence referendum and they came quite a distant second. We have more votes, more seats and are in the driving seat of more councils than any other party.

"In places such as Glasgow, North Lanarkshire, East Lothian, Inverclyde, Fife and elsewhere, the Tories are in a distant third place". By holding a vote this year, she'll avoid the pressure of a looming election when the Brexit talks are reaching their conclusion in 2019.

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%.

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