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Alba Party and Scottish Greens to make gains at Holyrood election, poll suggests

ALBA Party leader Alex Salmond at their party manifesto launch at the Falkirk Wheel in Falkirk - Credit: PA

Alex Salmond’s Alba Party is on course to win eight seats at next week’s Holyrood election, according to a new poll.

The survey also suggests the Scottish Greens will return 11 MSPs, with the SNP, Scottish Conservatives and Scottish Labour all losing seats.

Polling by Panelbase for the Scot Goes Pop website found 6% of voters will support the former first minister’s new party in the regional ballot, delivering a pro-independence majority of 16 seats.

The projected outcome of next Thursday’s election would see the SNP as the largest party with 61 of the 129 seats at Holyrood, two fewer than at the 2016 election.

The Scottish Conservatives would remain the second-largest party despite being forecast to lose seven of the 31 seats they currently have, with Labour down four on 20 seats, followed by the Greens and then Alba.

The Scottish Liberal Democrats would remain on five seats, according to the poll of 1,075 over-16s carried out between April 21 and 26.

All For Unity, the party created by former MP George Galloway, is polling at 2% on the regional list ballot but would win no seats.

The poll suggests that only 70% of people who voted SNP in the 2019 Westminster general election are planning to vote SNP on the list this year, with 11% indicating they will give their vote to Alba and 13% to the Scottish Greens.

The seat projection shows an exact repeat of the 2016 result in the constituency ballot, with Labour retaining their three constituency seats and all the changes applying to the allocation of regional representatives.

Commenting on the poll, Salmond said: “Across Scotland, the message of the Alba Party is hitting home.

“Because the SNP are projected to do so well in the constituency votes, this poll shows they have no chance of winning any list seats.

“Alba is the party that has brought an urgency for independence to this election campaign.”

He added: “Next week, by voting Alba on the list for independence, the people of Scotland can generate a political earthquake – the tremors of which will be felt in the very heart of Westminster.”

Scottish Conservative lead candidate for Glasgow Annie Wells said: “When our Scottish parliament should be entirely focused on post-pandemic recovery, the threat of a so-called nationalist supermajority has never been so real.

“(Nicola) Sturgeon and Salmond’s mutual self-loathing would be set aside to inflict a divisive referendum on ripping Scotland out of the UK.

“But all pro-union voters across Scotland have one guaranteed way of stopping their dangerous and reckless plan, and that’s by backing the Scottish Conservative on the party list vote using the peach-coloured ballot paper.”

SNP depute leader Keith Brown said: “These are serious times which require serious leadership, and people across the country can put their trust in the experience of Nicola Sturgeon as we move through the pandemic and towards a strong, secure recovery.

“Only giving both votes to the SNP will guarantee that Nicola Sturgeon is re-elected as first minister and ensure that Scotland’s future is in safe hands – not Boris Johnson’s.”