Curtice: SNP facing big losses
THE SNP faces the threat of losing ‘quite of lot’ of MPs in next month’s general election, a polling expert has warned.
Professor Sir John Curtice said that, out of the 59 Parliamentary constituencies in Scotland, only around nine seats are ‘safe’.
He added the SNP faces losing seats it holds, although it is also likely to gain others.
The Strathclyde University professor also predicted Labour could end up with only one Scottish MP, while the Tories, too, could suffer considerable losses.
Sir John said: ‘Given the number of marginal seats in Scotland, we could hardly argue that Scotland looks safe for the SNP.
‘Out of the 59 seats in Scotland one would probably not regard any more than nine of them as in some sense safe… at the end of the day, it doesn’t require a massive swing for them to change hands.’
Sir John added: ‘The downside of that for the SNP is that potentially quite a lot of the seats that they managed to hang on to last time could be lost.
‘But, equally, the upside is that quite a few of the seats they lost last time they could well pick up.’