POLL SHOWS SNP WOULD WIN MORE SEATS THAN HISTORIC 2011 ELECTION
Monday, 23 July 2012 11:54
EMBARRASMENT AS FORMER LABOUR LEADER WOULD LOSE SEAT TO SNP
Fresh analysis of the Panelbase poll for the Sunday Times and Real Radio Scotland – which places support for a Yes vote as the most popular constitutional option – shows the SNP would win even more seats than in the election landslide over a year ago.
It shows the SNP would take former Labour leader Iain Gray’s East Lothian seat and the the Tory seats of Galloway and West Dumfries and Ayr – currently held by Alex Fergusson and John Scott.
The poll puts SNP support at 47 per cent in the constituency vote for the Scottish Parliament – a 2% increase since the historic election result of 2011.
This compares to the three other parties falling back or remaining static with Labour at 32%, Tories at 12% and LibDems at 6%.
Commenting, the SNP Campaigns Director Angus Robertson MP said:
“The results of this very welcome poll are a result of the SNP’s hard work in governing in the interests of the people of Scotland.
“To have increased our poll ratings by 2% since our sensational election landslide over a year ago is fantastic.
“But it piles even more misery on the anti-independence parties – and is particularly embarrassing for former Labour leader Iain Gray who would lose his seat to the SNP.
“Labour fare no better than its disastrous result last year, or indeed on its election-losing position in 2007 – which comes as a severe blow to a party which has been five years in opposition.
“The people of Scotland are rejecting Labour’s position of ‘no change’ for Scotland and the party’s unholy alliance with the Tories.”
Mr Robertson added:
“The Tories must wake up and realise their vague promise of more powers for Scotland is not convincing the people of Scotland – so much so that they would lose two seats on this poll analysis.
“The Panelbase results pile more pressure on the anti-independence coalition to spell out what their vision is for Scotland’s constitutional future – the people of Scotland deserve to know what their alternative amounts to.”