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Re-alignment north of the border

"The mood in Scotland appears to have hardened in a direction unfavourable to the nationalists"

By Gregg McClymont  

First minister Nicola Sturgeon ©Jane Barlow/PA Wire/PA Images

The post referendum re-alignment of Scottish politics continues, but there’s a little life in the old (Labour) dog yet. So went the local Government elections in Scotland.

The SNP comfortably won a plurality of the popular vote, a plurality of seats, and is the largest party in a plurality of town halls and city chambers across Scotland. For a party which has been in government for a decade this is no mean feat. Labour’s 20 per cent vote share, and the…

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