Humza Yousaf has been dealt a fresh blow with a poll predicting the SNP will lose seats at the next general election.
The Scottish National Party has already seen its ratings tumble in 2023 and it could lose seats to both the Conservatives and Labour – despite the fact Tory popularity is also in freefall across large parts of the UK.
The party has been rattled by a series of scandals with voters seeking to ditch ideas of independence for other issues such as the economy.
A new study by political consultancy Stonehaven shows Scottish Labour will likely come out on top, gaining 21 seats while holding on to the two consituencies it currently represents – Edinburgh South, and the Rutherglen and Hamilton West seat it gained at a recent by-election following the SNP’s Margaret Ferrier’s Covid controversy.
And despite predictions that the Tories will struggle, experts believe they could improve on their current six seats and bag 11 – which would be a humiliating result for Humza Yousaf and the SNP.
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The Scottish Liberal Democrats are tipped to hold on to all four of their current MPs. This means unionist parties will secure 37 of the 57 seats available.
If the poll result is accurate, the SNP will hold just 20 seats – its lowest number since 2010 and below Labour.
The SNP suffered in the Rutherglen and Hamilton West by-election and has also faced a series of defeats at council level.
Labour is predicted to sweep the board in Lanarkshire as well as taking four of the six Glasgow seats.
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The party will also enjoy success in the two Paisley and Renfrewshire seats, Inverclyde, West Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, Midlothian, the Western Isles and three of the four seats in Fife.
The Tories have high hopes of holding their six seats and adding Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock, and Moray West, Nairn and Strathspey.
The survey suggests the party could also take East Renfrewshire, Central Ayrshire, and Argyll, Bute and South Lochaber.
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