Tories 'extremely foolish' over election boasts, says Alex Salmond

Tories 'extremely foolish' over election boasts, says Alex Salmond”

The former SNP leader said: "I think most people would have said that was a bad decision for the Prime Minister to break her word on the election, but as my dad always says you play the ball as it lies, and where the ball lies is we're fighting an election campaign and we intend to fight it and to win it".

The Scottish Greens gained a total of 19 seats representing an increase on the 14 councillors the party won five years ago - with victories in Highlands and Orkney - the first ever Green candidates returned there.

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.

Last week's elections brought more bad news for Scottish Labour. One result summed up the transformation.

Ms Hair also increased the party's share of the vote by 15% in Angus South in the Scottish Parliament election a year ago. To say each isn't traditional Tory territory would be a considerable understatement.

In West Garioch the new councillors are Victoria Harper (SNP), Sebastian Leslie (Scottish Conservative and Unionist) and Hazel Smith (Scottish Liberal Democrats).

In other words, the realignment of Scottish politics continues.

First the local election results will give them an idea of where the Tory surge is going to come at the general election. They ignored the overwhelming result of the European Union referendum in Scotland. It is the first time a Tory has been elected there.

A month away from the general election, Ms Sturgeon will turn her fire against Mrs May and attempt to link her to Ukip.

Ms Davidson, meanwhile, will paint the Conservatives as the underdogs against the "all-powerful" SNP as she launches her party's general election campaign.

"The difference between the Tories and the SNP couldn't be clearer".

Alex Salmond has accused the Tories of making "vainglorious boasts" about their chances of winning his seat in the General Election, as he warned Ruth Davidson she could be brought "back down to earth with a bump" by the voters.

As a result, the Tories increased their number of councillors in Moray from three to eight, while the SNP dropped from 11 to 9.

But then Tories should beware of making their own mistakes when it comes to expectation management.

Equally, the official tally of the parties' share of the first preference vote across Scotland as a whole, which has just been published, confirms that the party was well ahead of the rest of the pack.

Speaking at the count in Edinburgh, Ms Davidson said: "I would like to thank everyone yesterday who went out and voted Scottish Conservative".

This is the third local government election in a row that the party has made losses.

"We will stand up for everyone who doesn't want a second referendum on independence".

David Torrance is a freelance commentator and Nicola Sturgeon's biographer.

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