'Help us stop Scottish nationalists', Conservatives ask Labour voters

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Kezia Dugdale, leader of Scottish Labour, warned councillors in Britain's oil capital they would be in breach of the rules if they went ahead with the extraordinary plan to hook up with the Tories.

The SNP members also refused to join the traditional photograph of the new council as protestors unfurled a giant 'Red Tories Out!' banner.

SCOTTISH LABOUR bosses have barred a second council group from doing a deal with the Tories after a "civil war" erupted between party chiefs and local councillors.

Questioned by the media after her short speech in central Edinburgh, May refused to offer any further detail about the costings in her United Kingdom manifesto despite earlier telling Tory activists "leadership means being straight with people about the challenges ahead". There were pockets of empty seats between each little band of them and they hardly looked at one another through the entire thing.

In Glasgow, the electoral arithmetic paved a way for a tacit deal with the pro-independence Greens, which has left the Scottish National Party in minority control, ending nearly four decades of Labour autonomy.

In North Lanarkshire, Labour has formed a minority administration without any formal deal with another party, while in South Lanarkshire embittered horse-trading that left some councillors from both Labour and the SNP threatening to sit as independents has culminated pro tem in an SNP minority administration. There was agreement across everyone that this should happen.

Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister, wants a vote by spring 2019. "They are clearly in breach of the rules and the appropriate steps will be taken". "I have the list here in my hand, and it includes 10 [Scottish Government] ministers". Davidson said the Conservatives would keep winter fuel payments as a universal benefit, using Holyrood's devolved powers, because Scotland's winters were worse; the Tories would not back moves to scrap Scotland's ban on fox hunting with dogs and there would be no grammar schools introduced at Holyrood.

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Ms Dugdale added that "in places like East Lothian, Midlothian and Inverclyde, Labour beat the SNP at the council elections, with the Tories a distant third" and said in constituencies such as East Renfrewshire and Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill, Labour were best-placed to oust the nationalists.

"But we can be proud in Scotland that when it comes to progressive policies, we are leading the United Kingdom".

"Real opposition, just as it has over the past two years, will only come from the SNP".

At the authority's first meeting of Fife Council since the local elections a fortnight ago, David Alexander of the SNP and Labour's David Ross were nominated to equally share the leadership of the authority. "So a unionist government will take action to close these gaps and bring our nations and people together".

Asked if they had undermined her and her position, she said: "No because I have been very clear that they don't act as Labour councillors when they are passing on Tory cuts in Aberdeen".

Ms Sturgeon also said she remained "absolutely full of ambition" for what the SNP can yet do in government, but admitted there were still "big challenges" for Scottish education.