Labour thinks it can win back seats in Glasgow from SNP

And although the SNP will certainly "win" the general election in Scotland, just as they have the local government elections, they now have cause for concern.

Labour can not now gain overall control of the council after losing early seats.

The council elections will give the SNP all the info they need on where to channel resources to stop the Tories.

Following the local elections which saw the SNP come out as the largest party across Scotland's local authorities, the SNP leader warned Prime Minister Theresa May that her flirtation with Ukip voters in England to pursue a hard negotiating stance with the European Union will result in the "sacrifice of thousands of Scottish jobs".

"The people have their say at the ballot box and I think the north-east of Scotland has a way of bringing people who make vainglorious boasts down to earth with a sharp bump". "To show that we, the Scottish Conservatives, can lead Scotland's fightback against the SNP".

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.

VoteSNP on 8 June to stand against Tory cuts.

The prime minister insisted she was not taking "anything for granted" but her party enjoyed a stunning day that was matched by a dramatic decline for Labour, which lost more than 300 seats.

"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".

Labour leader Kezia Dugdale described the results as " obviously a disappointing election".

In a series of eyebrow-raising results, the Tories also won a seat in Cowdenbeath, where previous year the UK's last elected Communist stood down, and even in Ravenscraig. "It's time to focus on this crucial general election campaign - and we can take absolutely nothing for granted", May will tell the event on Monday. They go into it with 54 - and most of them with large majorities. We have heard all of Ms Sturgeon's lines before - only the SNP will act as a bulwark against the Tories, only a vote for the SNP is a vote for Scotland, and so on.

Equally, the official tally of the parties' share of the first preference vote across Scotland as a whole, which has just been published, confirms that the party was well ahead of the rest of the pack.

However, Ms Sturgeon, who joined the SNP's new council group in Glasgow, said: "I've heard lots of ludicrous arguments in my time in politics but this takes the prize for the most ludicrous argument".

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.

"Our council candidates will work hard to serve their constituencies, to make Scotland's communities stronger, safer and more successful places to live and work in".

  • Joey Payne