The Conservatives have continued their dramatic fightback in Scotland by making big gains at the local elections, with people in some of the nation’s most deprived areas electing Tory councillors for the first time. With the results from all 32 local authorities declared, Ruth Davidson’s party were celebrating gaining 164 seats across Scotland, penetrating into areas where they have previously been regarded as unelectable.
The Tories are now the largest party in six council areas, with Ms Davidson suggesting that the party was on course to make further gains from the SNP at next month’s general election.
Ahead of the local election, Theresa May urged Scots who were opposed to a second independence referendum to “send a message” to Nicola Sturgeon with their vote. The tactic appears to have paid off, with the Tories recording their best result in Scottish council elections since devolution. For the first time ever, the Tories had a councillor elected in Paisley’s Ferguslie Park, which last year was named as the most deprived part of Scotland for the second time in a row. The party also increased its numbers in Glasgow, where it previously had just one representative, including in Shettleston in the city’s east end.