Poll woes for Labour as former candidate moves to SNP


The SNP has welcomed the latest YouGov Sunday Times Scottish poll sample which shows the party ahead of Labour on the final weekend before the local government elections.

The rating brings particular embarrassment for Labour who had issued an embargoed release this weekend claiming a poll lead on the basis of YouGov’s Scottish poll samples.

The latest sub-sample, which puts the SNP on 35%, ahead of Labour on 33%, comes as a former Labour Westminster Parliamentary candidate, Glen Reynolds, has joined the SNP.

The move by Dr Reynolds, who was a Labour candidate in 2010, comes after 35 years membership of the Labour Party during which he has been an elected Labour Councillor.

He has been a speech writer and political adviser for the Labour Party, a UNISON Shop Steward, and adviser to the Labour Group on Aberdeen City Council.

Commenting SNP Campaigns Director Angus Robertson MP said:

“Just days from the local elections this poll is a great encouragement for the SNP and shows our positive campaign focused on jobs is winning over the mudslinging of the Labour party.

“While the only poll that matters is the one on Thursday, we are getting great feedback from our candidates and activists on the doorsteps – but we are not taking anything for granted.

“It just shows how Labour has pitched its local government campaign wrongly and this latest polling indication brings particular embarrassment for Labour who had issued a press release this very weekend claiming a poll lead on the basis of YouGov’s Scottish samples.

“There are four days to go, and the SNP will continue to work hard on the ground to deliver our positive message that SNP Councils across the country will deliver a fairer deal for families.

“The SNP’s positive vision includes safer communities by retaining 1,000 extra police on our streets, continuing the Council Tax freeze and deliver further free and flexible nursery hours.”

YouGov / Sunday Times Survey Results
Fieldwork: 26th – 27th April 2012

Party Ratings – Scotland
SNP 35%
Lab 33%
Con 18%
LibDem 10%
Other 4%