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Conservatives saw their share of the rise in most parts of the country, including pushing Labour into third place in Aberdeen.

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 party needed to get all its candidates elected to retain its majority at the city chambers, which has been a Labour stronghold for nearly 40 years.

Labour has already lost overall control of Glasgow City Council after the first three results were declared.

Nicola Sturgeon hailed it as a "fantastic, historic result" as the SNP became the biggest party in the city, winning 39 out of 85 seats, but it fell just four short of securing an outright majority despite adding nine to its previous total.

Ms Sturgeon, the SNP leader and First Minister, said: "The SNP has won the election in Scotland and won it loud and clear".

And in the Dumbarton Ward, the following candidates have thrown their hats into the ring: Karan Conaghan (SNP), Iain McLaren (SNP), David McBride (Scottish Labour), Liz Ruine (Scottish Labour), George Black (Community Party), Brian Walker (Scottish Conservatives) and Andrew Muir (Independent).

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Two years ago, the party won just 14 per cent of the vote north of the border, but the Scots' Tories have seen a resurgence under the leadership of Ms Davidson, whose personal profile as a working class, lesbian woman and former BBC journalist is seen as appealing to those who would not typically vote Conservative.

Votes will be tallied at count centres across Scotland on Friday, with results expected from around lunchtime. "We are now in a position to lead Scotland's fightback on June 8 in the General Election too".

New Conservative councillor Thomas Kerr, 20, said he was "shocked" to be elected for the Shettleston ward in the east end of the city - and he credited his victory to opposition to a second Scottish independence referendum.

He said: "Congratulations to all of @SNP councillors elected in Moray, the largest group on @The MorayCouncil #Council17".

In the contest for Glasgow - Scotland's largest local authority where Labour has been in power since 1980 - Jeremy Corbyn's party fielded 43 candidates, and it needed all of them to be elected to retain a majority.

The Scottish Greens returned seven councillors, up from four, while the sole Liberal Democrat lost her seat.

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