Cur­tice: SNP fac­ing big losses

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Michael Black­ley

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.’

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