The SNP is today welcoming a new poll further confirming growing support for a Yes vote – and showing the SNP maintaining a strong lead as Scotland’s most popular party.

The ICM poll for the Scotsman finds 41 per cent would vote Yes if they thought a Tory government would be elected at the UK General Election in 2015 – just one per cent behind the No camp.

This result follows the revelation in yesterday’s Scotland on Sunday that a swing of just over two per cent is all that is needed to push Yes into the lead.

The poll also found the SNP remain the most popular party in Scotland with 37 per cent of the vote ahead of next month’s European Parliament Elections. This puts the SNP almost ten points ahead of Labour.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

“With just one MP in Scotland, the Tories have no mandate here. And yet people across Scotland are paying a huge price at the hands of a Tory-Lib Dem Government that they did not elect.

“Only a Yes vote in September will put an end to the democratic deficit we face under Westminster rule. And only independence can ensure that Scotland gets the government it votes for – every time.

“With recent polls showing support for Yes at new highs, more and more people are realising that Scotland’s future is an independent one.”

Commenting on party ratings, Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh – the third placed candidate on the SNP’s list for the European Parliament – said:

"Coming on the back of a significant boost in support for Yes, this is extremely welcome news for the SNP. This very encouraging poll - after nearly seven years in government - underlines the hard work undertaken by the SNP in representing the interests of Scotland at home and in Europe.

"There is a long way to go and we take nothing for granted, but the European elections are a fantastic opportunity to stand on the SNP’s positive message of an independent Scotland playing a constructive role at the heart of Europe – in contrast to Westminster threatening isolation through an in/out referendum."

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