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Nicola Sturgeon hails 'emphatic' SNP election results

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However, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said only the SNP can "stand up to the Tories".

It says Ruth Davidson's party is now ahead in 15 constituencies in Scotland and may defeat the SNP in parts of the country it previously regarded as unwinnable.

She added: "Let's take the Tory argument at face value".

Votes will be tallied at count centres across Scotland on Friday, with results expected from around lunchtime onwards. 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.

A recent poll identified Mr Robertson as a potential casualty of the general election, as the Conservatives target traditional Labour heartlands throughout the United Kingdom and SNP strongholds north of the border.

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".

The SNP is claiming victory in Glasgow despite narrowly failing to take overall control of the city council as Labour was ousted from power after almost 40 years.

Ms Davidson said the results showed "only the Scottish Conservatives have the strength to fight back against the SNP".

"Theresa May and I are determined to stand up for all those people who have had enough of the chaos and uncertainty of the past few years".

"The Tories put an independence referendum at the heart of their campaign".

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.

And this, I suggest, is a problem for the first minister.

"We're disappointed for our colleagues who didn't quite make it over the line, but our thanks go to the voters who continue to place their trust in us".

Liberal Democrats improved by one point to 9% and Ukip were unchanged on 7% - however the figure was released before the humiliating losses during local elections.

The SNP are looking to make gains in the city and possibly capture a majority.

"The worry for the SNP is not that they're not going to remain the largest party on June 8 - it would be very surprising if that changed - but that they are indeed vulnerable in individual constituencies where the unionist vote does seem to be congregating around a particular party".

But, in contrast to 2015, it is no longer Labour who the SNP have most reason to worry about.

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. 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. "It means that in this seat it is a two-horse race between us and the Nationalists".

We believe that Together We're Stronger.

Meanwhile, a woman has won a seat in on the local council in East Ayrshire running on a platform to tidy up the local area.

If the results of Thursday's polls in Wales, Scotland and 32 county councils in England were repeated nationally, the Conservatives would be on 38%, Labour 27%, the Lib Dems 18% and UKIP 5%, according to analysis by polling expert John Curtice.

"Additionally, we will require any power-sharing administrations to protect jobs by opposing any compulsory redundancies".

"There are 10 Tories and two independent members, those two independents may decide they'd prefer to work with Labour".

The SNP remains the largest party in local government in Scotland, with 431 councillors voted into office, up slightly from the total of 425 in 2012.

Nationally, May's party gained more than 550 council seats and swept to shock victories in mayoralty contests in the West Midlands and Tees Valley.

"In places such as Glasgow, North Lanarkshire, East Lothian, Inverclyde, Fife and elsewhere, the Tories are in a distant third place".

"It's clearer now than ever before that only Labour can defeat the SNP in vast swathes of Scotland".

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