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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.

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.

The Labour leader noted the Sunday Times Rich List last weekend found the 1,000best-off people in the country had seen their wealth grow by 14% in the lastyear. One result summed up the transformation.

"In the last few days, the Tory mask has slipped".

And in Ravenscraig, the focal point of Thatcherite deindustrialisation three decades ago, also has a Conservative representative.

Nicola Sturgeon with Susan Aitken, the new leader of SNP group on Glasgow City Council.

Now more than ever, it's only the SNP that can stop the Tories in Scotland.

The Scottish Greens will be happy with their showing in last week's election.

Local Greens convener, James Mackessack-Leitch, who fought the 2015 Westminster election on behalf of the party, said that he was taking a stand against next month's UK Government vote - by not standing. It means that in this seat, as in many others, it is a two-horse race between us and the Nationalists.

"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 "And that I think will happen to the Tories. To show that we, the Scottish Conservatives, can lead Scotland's fightback against the SNP".

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. "It is only by working flat-out, every day, from now to 8 June that we can gain the trust of the British people and earn their support on polling day".

Other deals may be harder to stitch together, not least because of the SNP's declared refusal to work with the Tories.

The results suggest incumbent Pete Wishart could be in trouble.

Speaking ahead of her campaign launch in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said: "The council elections showed people are turning away from the SNP, because they are fed up with the nationalists' attempt to force another divisive referendum".

But then Tories should beware of making their own mistakes when it comes to expectation management. Ukip's sole win was a gain from Labour in Lancashire, as its vote share collapsed nationally from from 22% to less than 5%.

They emerged the largest party in key target local authority areas for the June 8 poll, including Perth and Kinross, Dumfries and Galloway, the Scottish Borders and Aberdeenshire.

The local government results will be added to data gathered by the party through months of canvassing, with Ms Davidson admitting activists will now be "fighting hard in places that we perhaps hadn't targeted before at a General Election".

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

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