Tories 'extremely foolish' over election boasts, says Alex Salmond

Katrina Barker
May 14, 2017

Ms Davidson said: "I think you have seen in both language and design, the SNP attempt to assimilate the party for Scotland and Scotland for the party".

But in the local elections the Lib Dems secured only 6.8% of first preference votes.

May caught her political rivals and investors unawares last month when she called the election, saying she wanted strong backing from voters before she launches into tough negotiations with the European Union about Britain's departure from the bloc.

"It is very easy for [Theresa May] to talk the talk and act tough, but when she's asked to walk the walk, I think there's going to be problems", he told the BBC.

Describing the results as a "clear and emphatic victory for the SNP", Ms Sturgeon said: "SNP councillors and SNP councils will put their communities and the people of Scotland first".

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.

"SNP win local election in Scotland", declared a press release shortly before 6pm yesterday.

What was no more than a one-point lead over Labour in the local ballot boxes had seemed like small beer after the SNP's success in winning an overall majority at Holyrood a year earlier. Scottish Conservatives even have their first ever councillor in the Western Isles.

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

A total of 1,889,658 valid votes were cast on Thursday with turnout increasing to 46.9%, the highest for a local election not held on the same day as a national poll in Scotland since 1977.

Afterwards, the ex-SNP leader said: "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".

And this is where we'll be until June 8th and most likely for some time after that, two entrenched camps - unionist and nationalist - shouting at one another about the constitution.

"When I first became active in politics in Glasgow the SNP had one councillor in the city chambers and the joke was the Labour vote was weighed, not counted, in Glasgow".

While the constituency boundaries for Westminster are slightly different, the Scottish Conservatives are keen to capitalise on the rise in support locally as the general election approaches.

The SNP won 33 seats to Labour's 32, but the Conservatives pulled off a major shock having 10 councillors returned while there are two independents. "The cliché is that it's a two-horse race, but it really is, and we will be leading Scotland's fightback against the SNP".

Mr Rowley stressed: "The SNP failed to win a single majority anywhere in Scotland, and the nature of the voting system means that cross-party deals may be agreed".

The party polled 4.1% of first preference votes, an increase on the last election.

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