SNP increases general election poll lead

The SNP has increased its poll lead over Labour by five points. Picture: Roberto Cavieres

The SNP has increased its poll lead over Labour by five points. Picture: Roberto Cavieres

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THE SNP has increased its poll lead over Labour by five points, with the nationalists now on 46 per cent just over two months before the general election, a new survey on voting intentions showed.

A TNS poll showed SNP support rise to 46 per cent - up from the 41 per cent identified by the same pollsters earlier this month - and extending the lead over Labour from 10 to 16 points.

The Conservatives were on 14 per cent - a fall of two per points on the last poll, with Liberal Democrats falling to three per cent, down by one point.

Nigel Farage’s anti-EU party UKip increased its support by one point to three per cent, with backing for the Scottish Greens falling by two points to four per cent.

SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson, welcoming this poll, said: “This poll shows an increased lead for the SNP - but we are taking absolutely nothing for granted, and will work hard for every vote and seat in May.

“The key issue in May is who will best represent the people of Scotland - and the General Election is a wonderful opportunity for Scotland to have power by electing a strong team of SNP MPs to a hung parliament at Westminster.”

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