THE SNP is continuing to gain support in Edinburgh as the general election approaches, new polling figures reveal.
Statistics from a series of Populus surveys during February, broken down by city, show the party on 41.6 per cent across the Capital compared with 23.3 per cent for Labour, 18.2 per cent for the Tories and 7.4 per cent for the Liberal Democrats.
That is a 6.6 per cent increase in the Nationalists’ support since a similar set of polling data released in November and a massive 29.2 per cent surge since the 2010 general election. Labour support has fallen 13.8 per cent since the last election, but the drop since November was less than one per cent.
The SNP’s advance in the Capital over the past three months appears to have been more at the expense of the Conservatives, whose support fell by 6.8 per cent and the Lib Dems, who recorded a 2.6 per cent fall. The SNP has never held a Westminster seat in Edinburgh, but claimed in November the figures suggested it was now poised to win four out of the five city seats.
Deidre Brock, SNP candidate for Edinburgh North and Leith, said: “This is a very encouraging poll, showing more and more people across Edinburgh are putting their trust in the SNP. We are taking absolutely nothing for granted – there is a long way to go between now and polling day and the SNP is working hard to secure every vote in Edinburgh and across Scotland.”