Polls are open as voting in local elections takes place

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First the local election results will give them an idea of where the Tory surge is going to come at the general election.

Despite enduring a hugely disappointing election, Labour finds itself in the position of king-maker in many council areas and how these local authorities are run will depend on whether Labour throws its weight behind the SNP or the Tories.

Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon has played down the threat from Conservatives north of the border, after Theresa May's party achieved their best local election results in generations to push Labour into third place.

He said: "I think it's important to remember that Labour have always been underdogs in Glasgow in terms of this election".

Scottish Labour deputy leader Alex Rowley said: "Labour's approach is clear and consistent: we will categorically refuse to do any deal with another party if it would result in further austerity being imposed on local communities". The first minister said it showed the only party that could possibly "stand up" to the Tories were the SNP, and Ms Davidson said it demonstrated the only party that could "stand up" to the SNP were the Scottish Conservatives.

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The party already maintains that Brexit has changed the calculation from three years ago, when a majority of Scots voted against secession.

"There are 10 Tories and two independent members, those two independents may decide they'd prefer to work with Labour".

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale also said there had been a "clear backlash against the SNP's plans for a divisive second independence referendum".

We've won more councillors, with 431 elected compared to 425 in 2012.

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.

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"We were not forgiven then and we've not been forgiven yet, and as along as the debate in Scotland focuses exclusively on the constitutional issue Labour just does not have a horse in that race", he said.

Indeed, as soon as Theresa May called a snap general election for June 8th the Scottish Conservative party simply rolled two campaigns into one.

Some councils will begin counting ballots as soon as polls close - while others will start counting on Friday morning, with results being announced throughout Friday. They could, to be sure, cut several mighty SNP majorities down to size, and still not win. It means that in this seat, as in many others, it is a two-horse race between us and the Nationalists. It did not, though it did become the largest party in each, as it now is in half of Scotland's 32 councils.

Green co-convener Patrick Harvie said Labour voters were "almost apologising" for their party choice on the doorsteps, and he predicted no one party would have overall control of the council.

Labour slipped from power in the first three wards declared, losing two seats to the SNP, while the Conservatives doubled their previous tally to two and the Greens also gained.

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"East Dunbartonshire, Argyll, Caithness and North East Fife were superb".