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One of the party’s frontrunners at Holyrood said the Scottish Conservatives’ results in local elections were “really disappointing”, adding that the Tories would “lick up our wounds and heal us”. continue”.

Speaking to the PA news agency from the Edinburgh vote tally, Miles Briggs said the party had suffered from negative votes – with some supporters choosing to stay home rather than return to the Tories at the ballot box.

He also said the party story, which saw the Prime Minister, his wife and Chancellor Rishi Sunak fined for gathering in Downing Street during the lockdown, was partly responsible for the drop in support. household.

Miles Briggs says he knows the election will be ‘challenging’ for the Tories (Jane Barlow/PA) / PA Archive

The share of the Conservative party vote across Scotland has fallen, with some wards down more than 10% from 2017.

Mr Briggs said: “We knew it was going to be a challenge, we’ve known that for a few weeks now. Personally, I am disappointed with the results achieved so far.

“Some of the seats that we won five years ago that we are holding, which is really good.

“There is some good news but it is really disappointing.

“From the work I did yesterday with my activists in Edinburgh, it is clear that people are not going to vote.

“They objected to voting by not going to any other party, or when they received the ballots in the mail, they didn’t return them and put them in the bin.

Opened ballot boxes ready for sorting at the Glasgow City Council ballot counter at Emirates Arena (Jane Barlow/PA) / PA wire

“It depends on how people want to send the message. You can either go vote for someone else or you can’t vote at all.”

When asked if partygate had an impact on Tory’s support, he said: “Yes, I think that’s part of it. You can’t deny it and I think talking to people yesterday, they were definitely not happy with the actions of Prime Minster and his team. ”

However, he said he “absolutely expects” the incumbent Tory councilors in Edinburgh to be returned.

“We will lick the wound ourselves and move on,” he added. “Looking back five years ago, it was a huge election and one of the most exciting I’ve been in with the Conservatives.”

Meanwhile, Glasgow City Council leader Susan Aitken has been re-elected – but the SNP councilor has fallen behind Greens candidate Holly Bruce in first preference votes in Langside ward.

Earlier, senior figures in the Scottish Conservative Party had told The Times they expected “heavy damage” from the litigation.

But former Tory MSP Adam Tomkins described the comment as “nonsense”.

He stressed that Scotland’s leader Douglas Ross had backed Boris Johnson to stay in the No 10 spot.

On Twitter, Mr Tomkins said: “Although today’s results show that Douglas Ross owns this, not Boris.

“It was Douglas who turned the tide, Douglas turned it around, and Douglas was the backer of the Prime Minister. He and his team need to bear the consequences themselves, not get over it.”

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