Welcoming the Holyrood voting figures in today’s Sunday Times Panelbase poll, which put support for the party at exactly the same level as its 2011 landslide victory, SNP Business Convener Derek Mackay said:

“For the SNP to enjoy the same landslide levels of support - almost six years into office – is a fantastic achievement by any standard.

“The SNP continues to move Scotland forward – delivering strong, competent government in the face of Westminster cuts – and the people of Scotland overwhelmingly trust the Scottish Government to act in Scotland’s best interests compared to the Westminster Government.

“What we have seen over the last few months is a real threat to the achievements of the Scottish Parliament since 1999 as a result of the failed austerity agenda being implemented by the Tories - with the Labour Party now also committed to implementing the same Westminster cuts agenda in Scotland.

“This poll should serve as a stark warning to Johann Lamont that her decision to enter into an anti-independence alliance with the Tories has been met with the same resounding rejection as Labour received in 2011.

“The political landscape is also changing in a way which has boosted the case for a Yes vote further – with the Westminster Government now threatening isolation from Europe and from access to the single market of half a billion people. The SNP will continue to act in Scotland’s best interests by advocating independence in Europe, with a voice and votes in the EU to protect and promote our vital national interests.

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