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The SNP are looking to make gains in the city and possibly capture a majority.

In the Lomond Ward there are three council seats up for grabs but it's hard to see past the present incumbents Martin Rooney (Scottish Labour), Jonathan McColl (SNP) and Hazel Sorrell (Scottish Labour).

The SNP is claiming victory in Glasgow despite narrowly failing to take overall control of the city council as Labour was ousted from power after nearly 40 years.

The full result for Glasgow is not yet out, but early losses for the Labour party mean it will not become the leading party in Scotland's biggest city.

It's all change at East Dunbartonshire Council after a fascinating set of local election results - leaving the balance of power on a knife-edge.

Party leader Nicola Sturgeon also said that a vote for the SNP will protect local services.

Labour can not now gain overall control of the council after losing early seats.

Labour has fallen to third place with 147 councillors, down by 59.

The SNP are now widely expected to take the largest share of the authority.

A Tory councillor was elected in Ferguslie Park, the most deprived ward in the United Kingdom, as the party continued its resurgence under its Scottish leader, Ruth Davidson.

Ms Davidson cast her vote at the Cafe Camino polling station next to Edinburgh's St Mary's Cathedral at 10.30am.

She said: "Today, voters can send the SNP a message that they do not want another divisive independence referendum. We are now in a position to lead Scotland's fightback on June 8 in the General Election too". The Tories, who previously had no councillors in the area, gained two and there were also two independents elected. Now, Shettleston has its first ever Conservative representative: 20-year-old Thomas Kerr, who reacted to the result by saying he was "shocked": 'When you stand as a candidate for the Conservative party in the east end of Glasgow, you don't expect something like this to happen, ' he said.

Green co-convener Patrick Harvie, whose party is seen as a front-runner for a coalition pairing, praised the surge in the Green vote and said a more "balanced" council would give the elected Greens the chance to push for a more radical agenda.

Both Labour and the Conservatives had five councillors elected, with the result for the Tories up four on five years ago.

The party had 43 candidates for the 85 seats in Glasgow, and needed to win all of the them to keep control of the council.


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