Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Labour eyeing seven Scottish seats after analysing vote in council elections

And on Saturday she campaigned in Gordon, where the former first minister and SNP leader is the candidate. "A vote for any other party simply risks letting the SNP back in, and increases the risk of another unwanted referendum".

Corbyn acknowledged there had been some "difficult" results but quickly switched to Labour's core campaign message on Friday evening.

THE SNP in North Ayrshire have said that they are open to a coalition with Labour, following the vote that saw North Ayrshire Council hung.

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". "And yet they lost the election yesterday".

The analysis puts it out in front in key target seats such as Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk, and also brings areas such as Ayrshire and Aberdeenshire into play.

Local elections use proportional representation, the Conservative vote share will be reflected in the results in terms of seats won.

The Tories are also ahead in Perth & North Perthshire, earning 41 per cent of first preference votes compared to 32 per cent for the SNP.

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In West Garioch the new councillors are Victoria Harper (SNP), Sebastian Leslie (Scottish Conservative and Unionist) and Hazel Smith (Scottish Liberal Democrats).

Scottish Labour deputy leader Alex Rowley meanwhile insisted his party is still a "major party" in local government, despite losing seats. If the local results show there is a genuine Conservative challenge in Moray the SNP will hand Robertson all the resources he needs to see it off.

The total turnout in the ward was 43.3 percent, an increase from the last local election in 2012 (34.85).

Four councils that quit the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) in a dispute over decision-making processes - Glasgow, Aberdeen, Renfrewshire and South Lanarkshire - are expected to rejoin at the COSLA convention at the end of June.

The SNP had been hoping to topple Labour from the Glasgow stronghold where it has held power for more than three decades.

Despite the heavy losses, some in the party feared the results could have been even worse.

"But the votes across the country all count and we'll be looking to be the largest party in terms of seats and votes after all the votes are counted today".

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The local elections brought mixed fortunes for Willie Rennie's party.

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The SNP leader will cite the Prime Minister's claims that European Union leaders are trying to interfere in the general election to warn that the Tories want a hard Brexit "whatever the cost to Scotland".

But, equally, it could be a sign that the party has lost ground.

The Scottish Greens will be happy with their showing in last week's election.

That said, the turnout last week was 46.9 per cent, some way short of what will be recorded in next month's general election.

Salmond said that after his campaign launch he would be "hitting the doorsteps, pounding the pavements, getting stuck in".

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