Humza Yousaf nightmare as new poll shows ‘serious cause for concern’ for SNP

Humza Yousaf admits ‘challenging’ time for SNP

The SNP is facing huge losses at the next general election, new polling suggests.

Research by YouGov projected Humza Yousaf’s party could have a net loss of 21 seats.

While the SNP won 48 seats in Scotland at the last general election in 2019, the analysis showed that could fall to 27.

The SNP’s deputy Westminster leader Mhairi Black is forecast to be among the casualties.

The modelling indicated the nationalist party would lose 23 seats to Labour, mainly across central Scotland, and gain two from the Tories, including Moray where Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross is stepping down.

It would see Labour shoot up from holding one constituency at present to 24.

The Conservatives would be left with four seats, while the Lib Dems would also hold four.

The research used a statistical technique called MRP to forecast the result of the next Westminster election in Scotland.

Patrick English of YouGov said the findings suggest the SNP has “serious cause for concern”.

Mr English said: “The results of YouGov’s Scottish MRP shows the SNP have some serious cause for concern, but will provide strong encouragement to Labour as they look ahead to the next general election.”

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YouGov polled 3,586 Scottish voters between April 10 and May 21 – after Mr Yousaf took over as SNP leader and Scottish First Minister.

It comes as the party has been rocked by a police probe into its finances which has seen officers swoop on the party’s HQ in Edinburgh and the home of Nicola Sturgeon, and the release and subsequent release of two senior figures.

A Scottish Conservative spokesperson said: “It’s clear that voters are increasingly turned off by the scandal and civil war engulfing the SNP and their obsession with independence over the real priorities of the Scottish people.”

Labour shadow Scottish Secretary Ian Murray MP, who is currently the party’s only MP north of the border, said: “Scotland is ready for change and it falls to Scottish Labour to deliver it.”

SNP MP David Linden said: “The SNP is the only party in Scotland offering a real alternative to the Tories and pro-Brexit Labour Party, handing voters the opportunity to escape the mess of Brexit and rejoin the EU with the full powers of independence.

“A strong team of SNP MPs could hold the balance of power and we would use our influence to make sure Westminster takes real action to tackle the cost of living, protect our NHS, and ensure Scotland’s democracy is respected.”

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