Survation Poll Gives SNP Biggest Ever Lead for Westminster and Holyrood
18 November 2014
A new opinion poll by Survation for the Daily Record has given the SNP record leads in both Westminster and Holyrood voting intentions, as trust in Westminster politicians has evaporated.
The poll put support for the SNP for the coming Westminster election at 45.8 per cent, compared to 23.9 per cent support for Labour – a 21.9 per cent lead over Labour, and the largest SNP lead in Westminster voting intentions that Survation has ever recorded.
The same poll also put support for the SNP for Holyrood at 50 per cent in the constituency vote and 40.6 per cent in the regional vote, while support for Labour stands at 23 per cent in the constituency vote and 20.3 per cent in the regional vote. This finding of a 27 per cent lead in the constituency vote and a 20.3 per cent lead in the regional vote are also the largest leads in Holyrood voting intentions that Survation has ever recorded.
According to the Weber Shandwick scotlandvotes.com model, these results would see Labour lose all of their remaining constituency seats in the Scottish Parliament. Overall, the Scottish Parliament would be comprise 70 SNP MSPs (including 2 list MSPs), 26 Labour (all list MSPs), 16 Tories (13 list), 10 Greens (all list), 6 Lib Dems (4 list), and 1 Other (list).
Meanwhile a clear majority of people in Scotland distrust all three Westminster party leaders, with 63 per cent saying they mostly or completely distrust Nick Clegg, 62 per cent saying they mostly or completely distrust David Cameron and 59 per cent saying they mostly or completely distrust Ed Miliband. In contrast 50 per cent of people in Scotland indicated they trust SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon.
Commenting, SNP Westminster Leader Angus Robertson MP said:
“This new opinion poll giving the SNP our biggest ever lead in a Survation poll for both Holyrood and Westminster elections is enormously encouraging. It reflects all recent surveys in underlining the strength of the SNP vote, and is a further demonstration that Labour and the other Westminster parties are facing a major backlash in Scotland.
“With a majority of people in Scotland saying that they distrust Ed Miliband, David Cameron and Nick Clegg, this poll is a disaster for all three Westminster parties.
“We take absolutely nothing for granted, and know there is a huge amount of hard work to be done in the weeks and months ahead - but there is no doubt that the SNP have momentum going into next year's Westminster election.
“These record leads for the SNP – for both the UK and Holyrood elections – reflect the fact that people are putting their trust in the SNP to stand up for Scotland, and ensure that the 'extensive new powers' we were promised by the Westminster parties in the referendum are delivered."
Angus MacDonald Vows to Help Charity Tackle Prostate Cancer Injustices
18 November 2014
Angus MacDonald MSP has pledged to support Prostate Cancer UK in its ongoing drive to eradicate the injustices faced by men with, and at risk of, prostate cancer in Scotland.
Despite being the most common male cancer, men continue to face a number of injustices surrounding awareness, treatments and support, geography, age, and ethnicity.
Prostate Cancer UK has published a document outlining these five key inequalities, along with a solution designed to tackle each one. The charity is working with MSPs to call on the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland to implement these changes to make the inequalities a thing of the past.
The ‘Men United v Prostate Cancer - Five Inequalities, Five Solutions’ document comes as part of the second wave of the charity’s Men United campaign, which uses the language of sport to engage men in the battle against the disease.
Prostate Cancer UK is delighted that progress has already been made, with the Scottish Government agreeing to the charity’s call to introduce robot-assisted surgery, and a Scottish National Cancer Patient Experience Survey.
The remaining calls to action are: the formal incorporation of prostate cancer in the Detect Cancer Early initiative, increased GP and public awareness of the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test, and the development of national guidelines on the management of the potentially life-changing side effects of prostate cancer treatment, such as erectile dysfunction.
Angus MacDonald MSP said:
“Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men and is predicted to be the most common cancer overall by 2030. Despite this men and their families continue to face difficulties relating to awareness of risk factors, treatments and support, geography, age and ethnicity.
“I want to ensure that all men in Scotland have the information, treatment options and support they need to tackle this terrible disease regardless of their age, ethnicity or post code – and am delighted to team up with Prostate Cancer UK today to work towards this outcome together.”
Dr Sarah Cant, Director of Policy and Strategy at Prostate Cancer UK, said:
“For too long men with, or at risk of, prostate cancer in Scotland have faced inequalities of care, information and support. We are delighted that Angus MacDonald MSP has committed to helping us fight for these longstanding wrongs to be righted.”
For more information on the injustices faced by men living with or at risk of prostate cancer in Scotland visit: http://prostatecanceruk.org/media/2385585/inequalities-report-scotland.pdf
Anyone with concerns about prostate cancer can call Prostate Cancer UK's confidential information service on 0800 074 8383 or visit www.prostatecanceruk.org. Telephone calls are free to landlines, staffed by specialist nurses, and open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday, and 10am until 8pm on Wednesdays.