"So when it comes to the General Election we want to reinforce this trend - after all there is one thing absolutely desperately needed in this country, a real opposition to Theresa May and the Conservative Party and the SNP in Scotland intend to provide it".
She said: "The council elections showed people are turning away from the SNP, because they are fed up with the Nationalists' attempt to force another divisive referendum".
Labour also had a higher percentage of first preference votes than the SNP in Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill, up 1.65% percentage points, and was 0.91 percentage points higher in Lanark and Hamilton East.
FIRST MINISTER NICOLA STURGEON, has today (Monday 8 May) accused the Tories of harvesting Ukip votes to sacrifice Scotland's jobs and economic safety.
The SNP remain in the lead with nine seats after three more ward results were declared, with Labour now on seven, the Greens equalling their previous tally of four and the Tories' formerly sole councillor David Meikle retaining his seat to take their total to three so far. "And yet they lost the election yesterday".
The Tories are also ahead in Perth & North Perthshire, earning 41 per cent of first preference votes compared to 32 per cent for the SNP.
She insisted there was "not a shred of disappointment" that the SNP had failed to secure an overall majority in Glasgow City Council, where Labour had been in power since 1980.
Scotland's political leaders are expected to step up their general election campaigns later, with exactly a month to go until polling day.
Party insiders said the Scottish Conservatives leader was "parking her tanks on Alex Salmond's lawn" after ousting an SNP councillor in Inverurie.
The SNP have increased the number of seats and could take overall control.
The Scottish Conservatives enjoyed unprecedented gains across the country last week.
Labour has lost control of Glasgow for the first time in almost 40 years.
First the local election results will give them an idea of where the Tory surge is going to come at the general election.
Mr Mullin, the SNP's candidate for the seat, said: "I feel very good about the campaign". Interestingly party sources concede that they want Robertson returned not just because it would be embarrassing were he to lose but because there's no-one to replace him as leader of the Westminster group and they fear discipline may breakdown among their MPs without him around. "Labour is collapsing but the SNP is dedicated to standing up for Scotland".
Writing in the Scotsman newspaper, he said: "While the party's vote was up on 2012 in much of the West of Scotland, including by eight points in Glasgow, it was sharply down in many of its traditional strongholds in the north-east".
The Tory leader said she would fight for every vote on 8 June to strengthen her hand in Brexit talks.