She said: “The issue at the heart of this election, not just in Perth and Perthshire but across Scotland, is a very straightforward one”.
But then Tories should beware of making their own mistakes when it comes to expectation management. They want to pick fights with Europe.
The analysis puts it out in front in key target seats such as Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk, and also brings areas such as Ayrshire and Aberdeenshire into play.
The SNP took 32.3% of first preference votes in the single transferable vote system, with the Tories on 25.3% and Labour on 20.2%.
Ruth Davidson told Sky News that “Conservatives have come first right across the country” and were now “leading the fight back against the SNP”.
“We will stand up for everyone who doesn’t want a second referendum on independence”.
Nicola Sturgeon has said a Scottish Parliament vote in support of a second ballot has given her a mandate for another referendum.
It is the first time a Tory has been elected there.
Scottish Green co-convener Patrick Harvie said: “Our vote is clearly up and particularly where our candidates and campaigners have been active, it has had a definite impact on the results we are getting”.
“Now more than ever, that strong voice matters for the people of Moray, for the people of Scotland and for the people of the whole of the UK”.
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.
But Ms Sturgeon said that “certainly a minority administration is far from off the table”.
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“As someone who lives in Glasgow, who represents a Glasgow constituency, I’m really excited now about the opportunities that lie ahead”.
Rennie said these local results were a “springboard” for June’s general election campaign.
Internal party data based on how Scotland voted at last week’s local government election claims that the party is poised to stage a remarkable comeback north of the border.
“We denied the SNP a majority at Holyrood past year”. “It means that in this seat it is a two-horse race between us and the Nationalists”.
“They’ve had a good day by their standards but we’ve got to put it into context”.
ALEX SALMOND’S Westminster seat was last night on Ruth Davidson’s hit-list after the Tories won a town hall seat in his back yard.
The analysis also suggests that the party is ahead in Edinburgh South, which is now home to Labour’s only MP in Scotland, Ian Murray. Therefore, although the Labour Party is down I don’t think it is yet out.