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State of the Parties after the Local Elections

The claim of a mandate for Independence has started already, following what is being called a Council election results 'incredible outcome', by Nicola Sturgeon.

Time to look at the realities of the results.

In terms of councillors elected the SNP had 453 plus with their coalition with the Greens another 35 can be added to give them a total of 488 or more accurately 39.99% of the total councillors to be elected 1223.

That leaves some 735 councillors elected who represent other parties 60.01%, hardly an incredible outcome unless the First Minister expected something far worse. The Conservatives are claiming an improved performance, hardly surprising for a party that had multiple candidates in some wards.

In contrast, the Scottish Liberal Democrats increased their numbers of councillors by 20 on the 2017 elections, an increase of 30%. This included the first Liberal Democrat councillor on Moray Council since 2007. Now that can be said to be an incredible outcome. It's a case of spin versus reality.

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State of the Party Local ElectionsSource BBC Scotland