Scottish Labour fall to third place behind Tories in new #SP16 poll

SNP projected to win an unprecedented 70 seats

A NEW POLL has found Scottish Labour falling behind the Scottish Conservatives less than two weeks ahead of the elections to the Scottish Parliament on 5 May.

The poll, carried out by the Daily Record, had Ruth Davidson's Tories riding on 17 per cent in the constituencies and 18 per cent in Scotland's eight regions compared to 18 per cent in constituencies and 17 per cent in the regions for Kezia Dugdale's Labour, which would leave the Conservatives with one more seat than Labour.

The result would make Davidson's party the official opposition to the SNP, who are projected by the poll to pick up an unprecedented 70 seats to form their third successive government.

Responding to the poll, respected analyst Professor John Curtice told the Daily Record: "Despite Kezia Dugdale's efforts, today's poll shows Labour have still not shaken off the Tory challenge for second place, let alone narrowed the gap on the SNP.

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"The Labour leader's popularity has fallen during the campaign and she still trails Ruth Davidson so far as personal ratings are concerned.

"However, among those who have still to make up their minds which way to vote, far more would prefer to see Labour come second than the Conservatives. Ms Dugdale has to hope that some of them will come to her rescue."

The new poll comes after Scottish labour deputy leader and 2016 election campaign manager Alex Rowley said that the party was still fighting to win the election.

Davidson has pursued an election strategy of attempting to woo Labour voters by presenting herself as the stronger pro-Union opposition to the SNP.

Scottish Labour's manifesto will be launched on Wednesday 27 April.

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