Poll data shows Scot­land has reached

Sunday Herald - - TORY CONFERENCE SPECIAL - BY AN­DREW WHI­TAKER

THE Tories have peaked in Scot­land and will slip back into po­si­tion as the third party at Holy­rood, the SNP’s chair­man has said. Derek Mackay said the claim, based on opin­ion poll find­ings, showed Ruth David­son’s party was los­ing sup­port.

The at­tack came on the open­ing day of the Tory con­fer­ence in Manch­ester. David­son has been given star billing at the con­fer­ence in Manch­ester to­day. The Scot­tish Tories in­creased their MPs from one to 13 in the Gen­eral Elec­tion on June 8.

David­son’s party also re­placed Labour as the sec­ond-big­gest group at Holy­rood at the 2016 Scot­tish Par­lia­ment elec­tions.

How­ever, Mackay said David­son’s chances of ever be­ing First Min­is­ter are in­creas­ingly re­mote. Mackay high­lighted a se­ries of polls and by-elec­tion re­sults he said showed Tory sup­port was slip­ping in Scot­land.

He cited a Sur­va­tion poll taken last month that showed the SNP were backed by 31.2 per cent of those sur­veyed for re­gional list vot­ing in­ten­tions in Holy­rood elec­tions. The level of Labour sup­port in that poll was 25.1 per cent and 21.1 per cent for the Tories. peak Tory,

Mackay also high­lighted Sur­va­tion polling for West­min­ster vot­ing in­ten­tions in Au­gust that put the SNP on 39.3 per cent, the Tories on 26.1 per cent and Labour on 26.4 per cent. A coun­cil by-elec­tion in Tain and Easter Ross last week also saw the Tory vote fell by 6.9 per cent since May’s coun­cil elec­tions.

Mackay, who is also Scot­land’s Fi­nance Sec­re­tary, said: “It is hugely en­cour­ag­ing that af­ter 10 years in govern­ment the SNP is record­ing dou­ble-digit poll leads, and we in­tend to con­tinue work­ing tire­lessly to im­ple­ment our most am­bi­tious and green­est pro­gramme for govern­ment yet. says SNP boss

“All the while Ruth David­son’s hubris and hype is over­shad­owed by the fact the polls show her party slip­ping be­hind the war­ring Labour party to third place in Scot­land. The Tories are com­pletely void of any ideas or se­ri­ous poli­cies and it’s catch­ing up with them. Ev­ery week Ruth David­son de­mands more spend­ing yet lower taxes for the rich at the same time, they look more and more ridicu­lous and eco­nom­i­cally in­com­pe­tent.”

The Sun­day Her­ald ap­proached the Tories for a com­ment about Mackay’s claims but they failed to re­spond.

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