Election: Scottish Tories target 15 seats at Westminster

Richard Stone, chief executive of The Share Centre, says: "Investors dislike uncertainty and it is perhaps unsurprising therefore that nearly one in three are already changing their investment behaviour or are planning to do so as the election nears".

Ms Dugdale said she wanted voters form other parties who don't want a second referendum to vote Labour to oust SNP MPs and send a message to Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland doesn't want a second referendum.

Former first minister Mr Salmond is also facing a fight for his political survival after the Tories outpolled the SNP in his Gordon seat.

Ruth Davidson was campaigning in the former First Minister's patch on Saturday, after last week's local elections left the Conservatives as the largest group on Aberdeenshire council. The SNP will fight to protect the interests of the people of Scotland.

She added: "The truth is the more Tory MPs Westminster has, the heavier the price Scotland will pay".

But Ms Davidson said: "Just as we doubled our numbers of MSPs past year, and doubled our number of councillors last week, we now we have to double our efforts over these next four-and-a-half weeks". The cliché is a two-horse race, but it really is and we will be leading Scotland's fightback against the SNP.

"Taking nothing away from the tremendous result they had in 2015, they then tried to do that thing where they made out that the SNP was Scotland and Scotland was the SNP".

All in all, there is little in these local election results to suggest that Labour is on course to reverse the losses it suffered at the hands of the SNP in its Clydeside heartland two years ago.

"The SNP will always stand up for Scotland and I will always stand up for the people of Paisley and Renfrewshire".

Kezia Dugdale, Scottish Labour leader launched the party's campaign in Rutherglen, where it hopes to win back the seat it lost to the SNP in 2015.

Despite expectations her party can snatch a string of seats, the Scottish Tory leader challenged activists to redouble efforts with a month until the poll.

But Labour is on course for victory in East Lothian, as well as Lanark and Hamilton East, the council vote shows.

He will ask voters not to "reward Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond by sending another SNP cheerleader for independence to Westminster".

Ms Sturgeon said: "The issue at the heart of this election, not just in Perth and Perthshire but across Scotland, is a very straightforward one".

Lib Dem leader Tim Farron is bringing his campaign bus to Scotland on Monday as the party target constituencies such as East Dunbartonshire and Edinburgh West. "I believe this reflects concern amongst personal investors that the next generations are not engaging with savings and investments as much as they should be and reflects broader concerns that savings rates have fallen in recent years".