Published: Wed, May 10, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Confident Tories will target SNP big names


The Tories could win as many as 15 seats in Scotland at next month's general election, according to the party's own analysis of its recent performance at the polls.

So, the fact that the party won only 32% in the local elections would seem to raise questions about the SNP's ability to repeat that feat.

"Labour will run a positive campaign that rejects the divisiveness of the Tories and their plans for a hard Brexit, and the divisiveness of the SNP's plans for a second independence referendum".

However, agreeing a coalition with either party carries risks for Labour.

The First Minister desperately played down the threat posed by Ruth Davidson's Tories, after they achieved their best local election results in generations. Although that marked the first time that the SNP had managed to outpoll Labour in local elections, the outcome was, in truth, widely regarded as a disappointment for the nationalists.

The Executive, which includes Dugdale, will allow council groups the discretion to propose deals with any party, but on the proviso that a sub-group of the Executive has the final say.

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In a range of local authorities - including North Ayrshire, East Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire - Labour could, in theory, turn to the SNP or the Conservatives.

"As none of us are strong enough to win any of the seats in Kent on our own it is nearly as if they want the status quo of traditional party divides to remain and ensure another five years of Conservative government".

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.

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

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"It's between a Scottish National Party that will to take us back to more division and instability, and a Scottish Conservative party that will fight against another referendum so we can all move on together".

"As we go into the General Election, the people of Scotland have a clear choice".

"Labour are now confirmed as a complete nonentity in Scottish politics - and an increasingly feeble force UK-wide, unable to form an "opposition" to the Tories in any real sense of the word".

"The strength of feeling that's out there in this election is so much stronger than I've come across at previous elections", she added.

"Do we want to have strong voices standing up for Scotland?"

Ms Davidson said the council election results had been "very encouraging" but that her party was taking "nothing for granted" ahead of the poll on 8 June.

Ms Sturgeon has felt the pressure since the Conservatives made their local election gains north of the border.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson paid a visit to Inverurie as the Tories turned their attention to Alex Salmond's Gordon constituency.

Ms Davidson said: "I think you have seen in both language and design, the SNP attempt to assimilate the party for Scotland and Scotland for the party". The SNP won a council election yesterday, and we won it comfortably when the Tories had put independence on the ballot paper.

"There are many others where we are just a few points behind, with the Tories a distant third".

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