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Conservatives open up record lead - ICM poll

10 May 2017

"The fact is you can not trust the Tories - they're cutting Scotland's budget as it stands and gearing up to inflict more austerity and further hardship in the years ahead", Ms Sturgeon added.

And although the SNP will certainly "win" the general election in Scotland, just as they have the local government elections, they now have cause for concern.

Sturgeon has explicitly ruled out doing any deals with the Tories, even though the SNP had two coalitions with Conservative councillors after the 2012 election.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May will order her Conservatives to forget last week's triumph in local elections and to renew their efforts to work "flat out" for "every vote" in Britain's national campaign.

The SNP won 32.3% of the vote, while the Conservatives secured 25.2% and Labour 20.2%.

"So they put that issue centre stage and they lost the election".

A Tory source told a newspaper: "Alex Salmond can't take anything for granted in this election".

The Conservatives finished as the largest party on six councils, and were joint largest alongside the SNP in Stirling.

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

Nevertheless, the SNP (slightly) overplayed its hand in this election, giving the impression it would win overall control of local authorities in Aberdeen and Glasgow.

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The SNP took 32.3 per cent of the vote, which is unchanged from the last council election in 2012 but down from 46.5 per cent of the "first past the post" constituency votes secured by the party in last year's Holyrood election.

Lib Dem leader Tim Farron brought his campaign bus to Scotland on Monday and said the choice was between electing the SNP as "cheerleaders for independence" at Westminster or his party, which would oppose independence and a hard Brexit, and fight for cash for mental health and education.

"It is now essential - more so than ever - that Scotland has a strong voice to stand up to the Tories".

And this is where we'll be until June 8th and most likely for some time after that, two entrenched camps - unionist and nationalist - shouting at one another about the constitution. They ignored the overwhelming result of the European Union referendum in Scotland. So it is not the SNP losing ground to the Tories, it's Labour.

"SNP MPs like Pete Wishart will be MPs that go to Westminster to stand up for Scotland, make Scotland's voice heard and protect Scotland's interests".

"We will lead the fightback against the SNP right across Scotland and we're going to fight on behalf of everyone".

"The Tories are helping us in their rather presumptuous announcements that they're going to win the seat". And now the Tories have older people in their sights too - as they gear up to end the pensions triple lock.

Scottish Labour General Election campaign manager James Kelly MSP said: "This analysis shows that Labour is ahead of the SNP or within touching distance of the SNP in seven seats across Scotland".

It also believes it has a chance in Glasgow East.