Scottish Labour ‘facing general election disaster’

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy would be among those losing his seat according to the new poll. Picture: Robert Perry
Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy would be among those losing his seat according to the new poll. Picture: Robert Perry
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SCOTTISH Labour are facing political annihilation in May’s general election as a new poll shows support for the SNP staying at 52 per cent.

• Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy would lose seat

• Lib Dems and Tories would be left with no Scottish MPs

• Scottish Labour would have just four seats in Scotland

• Projected 55 seats for SNP at Westminster

The poll, commissioned by STV and carried out by IPSOS Mori, shows that new leader Jim Murphy is failing to make an impact on voters as the SNP

The survey reveals that Scottish Labour would poll 24 per cent of the vote in Scotland - up just one per cent from a poll commissioned by the broadcaster in October last year.

And the party would be left with just four seats north of the Border: Glasgow North East; Glasgow South West; Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, and Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill.

Support for the SNP remains at 52 per cent, giving the Nationalists a projected 55 seats at Westminster.

And the poll suggests total annihilation for the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.

All of the Lib Dems’ current seats would be lost, including former leader Charles Kennedy, chief Treasury secretary Danny Alexander and Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael.

The poll shows support for the SNP on 52 per cent; Scottish Labour on 24 per cent; Scottish Conservatives on 12 per cent; Liberal Democrats on four per cent; Scottish Greens on four per cent; Ukip on one per cent and two per cent for ‘others’.

Support for the Conservatives has risen two per cent since October’s poll, while support for the Lib Dems and Greens has fallen by the same amount.

Ukip’s share of the vote drops by one per cent.

The figures, which exclude those unsure of how they will vote in May 2015, were taken from 1001 participants surveyed between January 12 and 19.

They were asked how they would vote if there was a general election tomorrow.

In 2010, Labour received 42 per cent of the Scottish vote, compared to the SNP’s 19.9 per cent.

But Wednesday’s poll numbers suggest that the number of Labour’s Scottish MPs would be greatly reduced - and Jim Murphy would be among those to lose his seat.

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