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

The SNP leader will cite the Prime Minister's claims that European Union leaders are trying to interfere in the general election to warn that the Tories want a hard Brexit "whatever the cost to Scotland".

On Friday the Tories saw significant advances in the local elections in England and Wales, gaining more than 550 council seats and saw shock victories in mayoralty contests in the West Midlands and Tees Valley.

The Conservatives are hoping they might be able to defeat the Scottish National Party's (SNP) Westminster leader Angus Robertson after winning the most votes in the local council elections in his constituency of Moray.

The local elections brought mixed fortunes for Willie Rennie's party.

"But let's take the Tory argument at face value".

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

The Tories are also ahead in Perth & North Perthshire, earning 41 per cent of first preference votes compared to 32 per cent for the SNP.

Labour's performance in the local elections is going from bad to worse.

She 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".

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.

Election in Germany's most populous state could boost Merkel
Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats have toppled the Social Democrats from their traditional stronghold in North Rhine-Westphalia. The region is Germany's most populous and has been led by the center-left Social Democrats for all but five years since 1966.

Labour shed 112 councillors to trail in third on 262, losing control of three councils.

The Scottish Conservatives showed that we are the only party that can beat the SNP.

Speaking on the campaigning trail, Sturgeon said: "In the last few days, the Tory mask has slipped". "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".

In retrospect, Nicola Sturgeon pushing for a second independence referendum when she did has turned out to be an absolute gift for her bitterest foes. They go into it with 54 - and most of them with large majorities.

More than 36 per cent of voters in the constituency chose the Tories as their first preference, while only 31 per cent backed the SNP, it claims.

A Tory source told a newspaper: "Alex Salmond can't take anything for granted in this election". What was no more than a one-point lead over Labour had seemed like small beer after the SNP's' success on winning an overall majority at Holyrood a year earlier.

Ms Sturgeon said: "I'm over the moon that we are the largest party in Glasgow and are about to form an administration in the city".

SNP councillors are now the largest group in 16 councils, including the country's four largest cities: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee.

Despite swings from the SNP and Labour to the Tories in some areas last week, Ms Sturgeon insisted Ms Davidson's advances had come at Labour's expense.

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