Wee bit of cheer for Miliband as SNP support dips

And with North Sea oil revenues dropping fast, pressure on the Nationalists is only likely to grow

Columnist Don Brind

A new poll of Scottish voters has given Labour their best figures from north of the border since support for the SNP surged in the wake of the September independence referendum.

The Panelbase poll puts the Scottish Nationalists on 41 per cent, a ten-point advantage over Labour. It means Ed Miliband’s contingent of Westminster MPs could be halved from 41 to 20 – not nearly bad as predicted last autumn when Panelbase had the SNP 17 points ahead and Ipsos-MORI famously had them ahead by staggering 29 per cent.

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