June 27, 2017

Nicola Sturgeon hails 'fantastic' result in Glasgow despite failing to win power

14 May 2017, 01:26 | Katie Chavez

Nicola Sturgeon hails 'fantastic' result in Glasgow despite failing to win power

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He said: "Congratulations to all of @SNP councillors elected in Moray, the largest group on @The MorayCouncil #Council17".

"More seats, more votes, more councils won, bringing almost 40 years of Labour administration to an end and becoming the largest party in all of our major cities".

She said: "The issue at the heart of this election, not just in Perth and Perthshire but across Scotland, is a very straightforward one".

"But let's take the Tory argument at face value".

"The local government vote makes it clear".

"And it was in the north-east where the Conservatives - whose tally was up by 12 points across Scotland as a whole, enough to put them five points ahead of Labour - registered their biggest advances".

More than 36 per cent of voters in the constituency chose the Tories as their first preference, while only 31 per cent backed the SNP, it claims.

"The Tories are helping us in their rather presumptuous announcements that they're going to win the seat".

Meeting victorious SNP candidates in Glasgow, where Labour lost overall control of the council for the first time since 1980, Sturgeon told Sky News on Saturday: "Yes, by their standards, the Tories did well - and I take nothing away from them - but they did well entirely at the expense of the Labour party".

Party leader Nicola Sturgeon said: "The SNP has won the council elections".

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The party lost 10 MPs in the 2015 General Election, and now holds only one seat in Orkney and Shetland.

The full results of last week's council elections have been published by the Electoral Management Board for Scotland.

The first minister said it showed the only party that could possibly "stand up" to the Tories were the SNP, and Ms Davidson said it demonstrated the only party that could "stand up" to the SNP were the Scottish Conservatives.

"We will stand up for everyone who doesn't want a second referendum on independence".

That would suggest that there was every good reason to think the SNP's share of the vote would also go up last Thursday. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it was a "fantastic, historic result for Glasgow".

"I have some people to speak to, but one thing I can say is we will not form a coalition with the Tories, as far as we're concerned they have one policy and that is to stop an independence referendum".

"It was a remarkable result and the lesson I take from it is clear".

"I think this (General Election) has the possibility to reshape not just the electoral map of Scotland, but the politics of Scotland and the framework of the question of constitution in's that important".

Unison Glasgow branch secretary Brian Smith said that industrial disputes between trade unions and Glasgow City Council such as the janitors' strike had "played a part in painting the Labour council as hostile to the workforce, and clearly had an effect on the workers in the council and their families".

She added: "This is the end of an era for Glasgow, but the start of an exciting new era".

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