Election 2016 - Scots voters ‘softening to Tories’

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The Conservative candidate for Mid-Fife and Glenrothes maintains the next five years in politics will be defining for Scotland’s future.

Alex Stewart-Clarke told the Press he had encountered a ‘softening’ among voters towards his party over six months of campaigning.

In 2011 his party gained 1,676 votes in the Scottish Election - it remains to be seen whether the Conservatives can build on that following tonight.

Mr Stewart-Clarke believes it can.

He said: “I think there’s a groundswell of change as right-wing middle Scotland starts gaining in confidence.

“No voters in the referendum can finally raise their voices without being shouted down.”

The SNP had issued “lots of rhetoric” but had failed the public in government with policies such as ‘Named Person’, he maintained

“You can see Sturgeon tiring” he said.

“She wants to be Queen of Scotland but she has to listen to the people and put another independence referendum aside for a whole generation.”

Furthermore, the Scottish Conservatives were the only party capable of holding the SNP to account at a time when Scotland was “economically vulnerable”.

“Ruth Davidson is a brilliant orator and is starting to find her mark in the thick skin of Nicola Sturgeon,” he said.