An SNP victory in the North Coast and Cumbraes by-election in North Ayrshire is the latest demonstration of the growing support for the SNP across Scotland. The SNP’s Grace McLean was elected in the North Coast and Cumbraes by-election, taking 2,021 first preference votes. Following the publication of two opinion polls showing Labour plunging in support across Scotland ahead of the coming Westminster election, Labour trailed in fourth place in last night’s by-election, taking just 691 votes. Commenting, SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson said:
“This is a fantastic result for Grace McLean and for the SNP in North Ayrshire. “It will only add to the real sense of momentum that is building behind the SNP as the party’s membership has more than trebled and polls report a surge in support.
“It puts the SNP in a strong position ahead of the Westminster elections – in stark contrast to the real and increasing difficulties that Labour finds itself in.
“After weeks of plots and internal strife amongst the party leadership, their fourth place finish in the first preference votes for this by-election is the latest sign that people in Scotland have run out of patience with Labour.”
Notes: The first preference votes for the North Coast and Cumbraes by-election were as follows:
SNP – 2,021 (38.7%)
Ind – 1,190 (22.8%)
Con – 1,125 (21.6%)
Lab – 691 (13.2%)
UKIP -192 (3.7%)
Yesterday an Ipsos MORI poll for STV surveyed 1,026 people between 22 and 29 October and put voting intentions for the coming Westminster election at: SNP – 52% (+32%) Labour – 23% (-19%) Conservative – 10% (-6.7%) Green – 6% (+5.3%) LibDem – 6% (-13%) UKIP – 2% (+1.3%) Meanwhile a YouGov poll for the Times surveyed 1,078 people between 27 and 30 October and found the following (change on 2010 result): SNP – 43% (+23%) Labour – 27% (-15%) Conservative – 15% (-1.7%) LibDem – 4% (-15%)