Salmond predicts ‘substantial victories’ for SNP

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SNP leader Alex Salmond has claimed that the SNP are on course for ‘substantial victories’ across …

SNP leader Alex Salmond has claimed that the SNP are on course for ‘substantial victories’ across Scotland including the unseating of the UK’s most expensive MP, Labour’s MP Eric Joyce in Falkirk.

Scotland’s First Minister visited Falkirk yesterday to campaign with SNP candidate John McNally in the Falkirk seat won by Mr Joyce in 2005.  Eric Joyce topped the expenses list in 2007-08 after claiming £187,334 in allowances and expenses.

The SNP has witnessed a surge in support the last few days with a YouGov poll showing them up 4 points to 25% in a week, an increase of 7% on the party’s 2005 showing.

Mr Salmond also highlighted the fact that the former Labour MP, Dennis Canavan, had endorsed Mr McNally at Falkirk.

Mr Canavan, in a message to voters in Falkirk, said: “Eric Joyce has been an MP here for nearly 10 years and his record speaks for itself.

“He has hit the headlines several times as Britain’s most expensive MP, but are you getting value for money?

“Surely the people of Falkirk deserve better.”

Mr Salmond said: “Our argument has always been that, as we moved into the ground campaign, as we moved away from the debates on the airwaves, then you would see the surge in SNP support.

“As the last 24 hours of this campaign develops, what is going to matter is not what the opinion polls say, what is going to matter is the arguments that are deployed on the doorsteps and homes across Scotland.”