UK Conservatives extend lead in ORB poll ahead of national election

Following Labour's historic loss at the local council elections, John McDonnell says the party will "come out fighting" for the general election.

Such an outcome would mean instability in the currency markets, a lack of status and clarity on trade and diplomatic limbo for the UK Government, British firms and nationals.

After a record result in the Scottish local government elections, where they returned 276 councillors, the Conservatives now have seats such as Mr Salmond's Gordon constituency and the Moray seat of SNP depute leader Angus Robertson in their sights. Commentators highlighted dozens of Labor seats where the Ukip vote is larger than the party's majority.

"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".

"We need to ensure that we've got an equally strong mandate and an equally strong negotiating position".

COSLA rules require that the top two lay posts are both gender-balanced and occupied by different parties, with the result that the Tories, having pushed Labour into third place across the country, may insist on one of the posts.

Data from the body which oversees elections in Scotland shows the SNP finished the day with 32.3 per cent of first preference votes and 35.1 per cent of all the 1227 seats in contention.

'The Tories seem to want to silence Scotland's democratic voice, ' she will add.

"These negotiations are hard enough as they are", EU President Donald Tusk said Thursday.

'They rejected the compromise plan from the Scottish Government to keep both Scotland and the United Kingdom in the Single Market, putting at risk 80,000 Scottish jobs.

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

"They are going to return to Ukip".

He said reports that the celebrations were organised by Momentum and therefore excluded Labour Party HQ were inaccurate, insisting that all his events were organised by the Labour Party and all his campaign staff were also party members.

Most dramatically, it lost ground in Scotland, where the Conservatives - long all-but-extinct there - made gains.

The Lib Dems had 441 councillors, a net loss of 37; the Scottish National Party had 431, up 31; Plaid Cymru was on 202, a net gain of 26 and the Greens were on 40, a net gain of six.

After results were declared for some 2,000 council seats across England, Scotland and Wales by early afternoon, the Conservatives had gained 230 seats, while its biggest rival, Labour, had lost about 110.

The results are being described as a bellwether of voting trends for the general election, with Theresa May set to sweep to victory. The UKIP suffered a huge defeat - losing 145 seats and winning only one - virtually wiping them out.

Mr Jones said after Thursday's local elections, in which Labour lost control of three councils but held on to seven others, his party had "defied the polls, and the pundits and out-performed expectations". "We have four weeks to do that".

The prime minister's overtly patriotic appeal - unusual for a mainstream British politician - increased the contrast with Corbyn, who is uncomfortable with national symbols, and refused to sing the national anthem at a church service shortly after he became leader.

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