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Local election results in Scotland likely to heal COSLA rift

11 May 2017

"The results like this across Scotland are a real springboard to beat the SNP where we are challenging them on 8 June", he said.

Ms Sturgeon started the first full week of campaigning at Inveralmond Brewery in Perth with local SNP MP Pete Wishart, where she practised pulling pints.

Last week the UK Prime Minister accused the European Union of interfering in the upcoming UK General Elections on 8 June, causing more tensions with the 27 member block and drawing criticism for provoking what some analysts fear could be a "no deal Brexit" situation.

"Now more than ever before there is a need to send strong voices for Scotland to stop the Tories from doing whatever they like". "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.

Nicola Sturgeon has said a Scottish Parliament vote in support of a second ballot has given her a mandate for another referendum.

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Aitken says she is exploring a deal with Glasgow's seven Green councillors, which would give the administration 46 votes, against Labour's 31 and the Conservatives' seven. As a result, it could present a particularly strong challenge to the SNP in such key seats as Moray, now held by Angus Robertson, and Perth, where the incumbent is Pete Wishart.

Voters also backed the Tories in the Borders constituency of Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk, where first preference votes outstripped the SNP by 20 per cent.

"Also in the north-east of Scotland it's not the greatest thing to boast you're going to win beforehand, the folk here tend to bring them back down to earth with a bump".

Speaking on a visit to ROVOP in Westhill, Aberdeenshire, a company which specialises in providing remotely operated underwater vehicles used by the sector, he added: "The SNP believes in the long-term success of our energy industry and it's essential that we maximise its potential".

Fresh from hamming up the Scottish Conservatives chances of winning up to 16 seats in Scotland, leader Ruth Davidson got her teeth stuck into a visit to Edinburgh's Shortbread House factory.

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"In seats like Rutherglen and Hamilton West, and in most areas across Scotland, it's a two horse race between Labour and the SNP".

Whether that Tory performance yields anything like the 15 seats the party boldly predicted today still seems distinctly unlikely.

The Tory leader will call for a "Herculean" effort from her party as she presents herself as the opposition to SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, saying many are "looking for somebody to stand up" to her.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron took his campaign bus to several Scottish seats it hopes to regain.

Over the weekend, however it became clear that Labour too were going to use the term to claim another failure on behalf of the First Minister.

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