Sturgeon: Tories plan to "sacrifice" of Scottish economy to win Ukip vote

"I think Labour really have a lot of soul searching to do, not just because of the result in Glasgow but due to their results across the country".

"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".

Meanwhile, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson will urge Scots to "bring the SNP down to size" on 8 June.

Ironically were the Conservatives comeback to fail to fire at the local elections the SNP would find it harder to get their vote out come June 8 and a low turnout could actually see more of their seats fall to unionist parties.

The former first minster continued: "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". "It means that in this seat it is a two-horse race between us and the Nationalists". "And yet they lost the election yesterday". 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.

"As is the case right across Scotland, the choice in Gordon is clear". It would be nice to believe that Thursday's election was a series of local referendums on local services rendered (or not), but it would be a fantasy: this was a national election fought on national issues, and those issues revolved around the prospect of another independence referendum. Lamont's already been dubbed "Ruth's man in London" by some in his party before the formality of actually winning his seat.

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A meeting of the party's Scottish Executive Committee - which includes Ms Dugdale, Mr Rowley, trade unions and others - agreed Labour would not do any deals which would result in increased austerity for Scotland's poorest people.

This is the third local government election in a row that the party has made losses.

"Additionally, we will require any power-sharing administrations to protect jobs by opposing any compulsory redundancies". Interestingly party sources concede that they want Robertson returned not just because it would be embarrassing were he to lose but because there's no-one to replace him as leader of the Westminster group and they fear discipline may breakdown among their MPs without him around.

Basing its calculations partly on "notional" results the BBC said the SNP were actually down by seven, but it didn't really matter: the SNP vote had held up, and held up well. But both were outstripped by the SNP, which added 31 councillors to win a total of 431 seats. "Labour is collapsing but the SNP is dedicated to standing up for Scotland".

Talks will take place with the Greens over the next few days, Ms Aitken said, even though Martin Bartos, the leader of the party in the city, was taken to hospital after a bike accident.

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