'Help us stop Scottish nationalists', Conservatives ask Labour voters

Labour leader Kezia Dugdale and Aberdeen Labour group leader Jenny Laing

However, the deal between the rebel Labour councillors, the Conservatives and three independents locks the nationalists out of power. "They are clearly in breach of the rules and the appropriate steps will be taken".

She insisted there is a "majority for change" in Scotland, with this group not now served by either the Tories or the SNP.

Asked if the suspended Aberdeen councillors could ultimately be expelled, he said: "The process is quite simple".

By 5pm, the coalition deal was still intact, with the group choosing the administration over the party.

However, the SNP with five councillors and Labour with four have excluded them from a deal to form an administration.

North Ayrshire Council - Labour will continue to run the council despite a surge from the Scottish Conservatives in the local elections.

Emphasising the principle of her anti-austerity position and her leadership Dugdale said: "The hundreds of thousands of Scots who vote for us have the absolute right to expect us to defend local services against cuts and properly fund the services that so many people rely on, such as education and care for the elderly".

"Labour can not do any deal with another party if it would result in further austerity being imposed on local communities".

"The Labour Party campaign has outshone the Tories' comfortably".

South Lanarkshire - Labour members abstained in a vote on forming an alliance with the Tories.

Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: "What a total shambles. Tory austerity risks hurting so many families in Aberdeen, and the Labour Party simply will not stand for that". In taking over control of Glasgow from Labour, the SNP will undoubtedly pursue identical policies at the expense of the working population.

"We thought very, very carefully about it and we did it because we think it's the best thing for Aberdeen", she said.

"If I was in Ian Murray's constituency the question would be very different because he's clearly very capable of beating the Tories". I'm not a red Tory, I'm not any kind of Tory, I'm a socialist.

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She also cites Value-Added Tax exemptions for some public service bodies and introducing a food coupon scheme to encourage healthy eating as being among her main priorities.

"We can't do anything about that in opposition".

Labour and Tory councillors agreed to delay voting in an administration and it is believed the group is considering following the example...

It is the Scottish leader who has got this badly wrong. Jeremy Corbyn has come across as a man of the people and real leader.

The action, ordered by party leader Kezia Dugdale, "has left voters in Aberdeen betrayed and council colleagues suspended because she'd rather prop-up the SNP than work together with the Conservatives", Ms Davidson will claim.

"She really is lost". It followed repeated rebuffs from the British government over the SNP's proposals to ensure, on behalf of Scottish-based business, continued access to the European Single Market in any negotiations with the EU.

A new pro-independence party will contest the general election in Scotland because its leader fears that the SNP isn't doing enough to support the cause of Scottish independence. Corbyn said in March that he was "absolutely fine" with a poll, before stating, a day later, that he opposed one.

In a statement, the council said they had been put forward in a "spirit of collaboration and co-operation to provide the best service possible for the people of Fife".

It found that 57 per cent of Scots believe that the United Kingdom was wrong to vote to leave the European Union.

The Tories are hopeful of gains in the 8 June election, having made significant progress in May's local elections.

The SNP has dominated politics north of the border for the last decade and won 56 of parliament's 59 Scottish seats at the last national election in 2015, following a collapse in support for Labour in one of its former heartlands.

Dundee City Council - SNP to form administration with Independent. West Lothian and Clackmannanshire have also failed to agree administrations.