Glasgow Local Council Election: Reactions

As the results become more known, new and re-elected Glasgow councillors have reflected on the day their party either made gains or drifted out into the distance. At current, Glasgow currently have elected 20 SNP, 15 Labour, six Greens and five Conservatives. Labour have lost control of their four decade stronghold on the largest city in the country, however, the SNP haven’t enough seats thus far to form … Continue reading Glasgow Local Council Election: Reactions

Interview with Scottish Greens leader Patrick Harvie and candidate Christy Mearns

By Sophie Thirkell What influence do you think the Green party will have if SNP are just under the majority? PH: “One of the things I really hope about Glasgow City Council is that if the SNP do as well as people expect, we don’t just see the council pass from the hands of one big party straight to another, I hope we see a … Continue reading Interview with Scottish Greens leader Patrick Harvie and candidate Christy Mearns

Polls open across Scotland for local elections

Voters are heading to the polls for the local elections across Scotland, England and Wales today. Polling stations are open from 7.00am to 10.00pm, with the count due to begin on Friday morning at around 9.00am. The results are expected to be announced around midday Friday. There are a total of 1,227 seats available in Scotland. More than 2,500 candidates put themselves forward to fill … Continue reading Polls open across Scotland for local elections

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Theresa May on Local Elections: “Conservatives will cost you less”

Prime Minister Theresa May has claimed that only the Conservative Party have a forward-thinking plan for the United Kingdom, as she launched the party’s local elections campaign. May, who took the opportunity in her speech to take a swing at the SNP and Labour, warned constituents of being swayed by “tunnel-vision”, as she laid out her plans for the nation’s future. “The Conservatives will cost … Continue reading Theresa May on Local Elections: “Conservatives will cost you less”

Three Scottish councils to maintain tax freeze

THREE labour-run Scottish councils are expected to keep their council tax rates frozen. South Lanarkshire set out plans to keep rates frozen this morning while Inverclyde and Renfrewshire are set to announce theirs later today. The Scottish Government gave councils power to raise council tax rates by a maximum of 3% after the 9 year freeze. Councils in Fife, Glasgow and the Highlands are among … Continue reading Three Scottish councils to maintain tax freeze

Brexit vote leads to uprise for independence support

Scottish independence support has increased as a result of the UK’s decision to leave the EU. Scotland voted overwhelmingly to remain back in last June while England and Wales both voted for the resulting Leave vote. Now, civil servants in Scotland have been told to prepare for a second vote on membership of the UK and it could take place as soon as August next … Continue reading Brexit vote leads to uprise for independence support