Labour fends off SNP housing challenge in Glasgow
Labour has retained overall control of Glasgow Council despite a Scottish National Party challenge that emphasised the housing problems in the city.
The party picked up five seats to give it 44 of the 79 available, while the SNP gained seven to take its total to 27.
The SNP had promised to renovate 2,000 empty homes in the city, and introduce a policy to encourage self build on council land. Labour said it would launch a mortgage deposit guarantee scheme, and work to mitigate the impact of housing benefit cuts introduced by Westminster.
Across Scotland both Labour and the SNP gained control of two councils, and won 58 and 57 seats respectively. The Conservatives lost 16 councillors, while the Liberal Democrats lost 80. Neither party had overall control of any councils in Scotland.
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