STRONG LEAD IN TNS POLL
Welcoming a poll published by TNS today showing that the Scottish National Party has a strong lead over Labour in voting intentions for the general election on May 7, SNP General Election Campaign Director Angus Robertson MP said:
“This poll shows a strong lead for the SNP – but we are taking absolutely nothing for granted, and will work hard for every vote and seat in May.
“It will come as a major blow to Jim Murphy and the Labour leadership in Scotland that since taking over as Labour leader last year people are no more likely to vote for Labour than they were under Johann Lamont.
“Labour are paying a huge price for their toxic referendum alliance with the Tories – which to all intents and purposes has continued. In recent weeks, we have seen Labour MPs vote with the Tories for £30 billion more austerity cuts, vote with the Tories to spend £100 billion on a new generation of Trident nuclear weapons, and abstain on a key vote for a fracking moratorium. That is why we need the real clout for Scotland that only a strong team of SNP MPs can deliver – to be a real force for change.
“People can only make Scotland’s priorities Westminster’s priorities by voting SNP in May. While all the recent polls and our council by-election win in Gordon Brown’s seat indicate the potential SNP vote, they act as a spur to the entire party to work harder than ever before so that we can do better than ever before.
“Scotland needs and wants an alternative to austerity cuts, cancellation of the horrendously expensive Trident renewal, the powers of real Home Rule, protection for our oil and gas industry, and a safeguard for our place in Europe by ensuring that all four UK nations would have to vote for EU withdrawal before the UK could exit. And we are prepared to vote for a Bill to restore the NHS in England to the public service, publicly accountable, it was always meant to be – which will help safeguard Scotland’s budget.
“These are objectives which the people of Scotland can achieve – and can only achieve – by voting for a strong team of SNP MPs to hold the balance of power at Westminster.
“The Tories have been rejected in election after election in Scotland, and the SNP would never help them into power. By electing SNP MPs, the people of Scotland can vote to get rid of the Tories, protect the welfare of everyone who lives here, and promote progressive politics across the UK.”
The TNS poll sample size was 1006 and fieldwork was carried out between 16 January and 2 February 2015. Last week’s YouGov poll, which put support for the SNP at 48 per cent, was carried out between 29 January and 2 February 2015.
Q8. (page 41) 8% more likely to vote Labour following Murphy’s election, 8% less likely, the rest – no change.