#Council17: Labour lose overall control of Glasgow city council

Nathanael Williams

End of an era as Labour party loses full control for the first time in 40 years

SCOTTISH LABOUR has lost overall control of Glasgow City Council (GCC) as the first results were declared today (Friday 5 April) in the Scottish local elections.

The council elections campaign had seen the SNP looking to replace Labour as GGC’s biggest party.

Labour has held power in the city since 1980 but there were early signs of the loss of that political power as the first few wards were declared.

It is now impossible for the Labour party to retain a majority in Scotland’s largest city. The news came as observers noted the loss of the ward seat of Anne Simpson meaning that Labour failed to hold all its 43 wards, needed for a majority. 

The parties will now wait to see if the scale of the defeat predicted for the Labour party is as severe as anticipated.

Elsewhere in Scotland, the Scottish Tories have been making gains in Clackmannanshire, Scottish Borders, Argyll and Bute and South Ayrshire. 

In the Scottish Borders, the Scottish Tories’ vote is up by 44 per cent compared with 25 per cent in 2012 – an increase of 19 points.

The full national results are expected later on Friday afternoon, but the Conservatives have been winning seats in areas which had previously been “no-go” for them – including Shettleston in Glasgow’s East end and Ferguslie Park in Paisley.

23 seats in wards have been declared: Shettleston: 2 SNP, 1 Lab, 1 Con.

Langside: 2 SNP, 1 Lab, 1 Green.

Patrick E/Kelvindale: 1 SNP, 1 Green, 1 Lab, 1 Con 

Polloksheilds: 1 SNP, 1 Con, 1 Lab, 1 Green.

Canal: 2 SNP, 2 Labour.

Hillhead: 1 SNP, 1 Lab, 1 Green

Picture courtesy of Independence Live 

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