Ashcroft poll shows SNP on course for win

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Corri Wilson, the SNP candidate for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock, has welcomed the latest polling data from Lord Ashcroft.

The polls suggest the SNP are set to win Sandra Osborne’s Westminster seat in May along with a flurry of key marginal across the country.

Current MP Sandra Osborne admitted the polls were not good, but said her election team was up for the challenge of a ‘tough’ contest.

The poll of 1000 voters in the Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock constituency found that 42 per cent intended to vote SNP, a rise of 24 per cent, 31 per cent for Labour, down 16 per cent from 2010, 21 per cent of people intended to vote Conservative, five per cent down on 2010 with two per cent for the Liberal Democrats. This would give the SNP an 11 per cent lead with a swing of 20 per cent from Labour to the SNP.

Corri Wilson said: “This poll is hugely encouraging, but I’m not taking a single vote for granted in May. The message I have been delivering on the doorsteps across this constituency is clearly resonating with people. Voting SNP in May will force the Westminster parties to listen to the needs of the people of Scotland.

“For too long the voters of Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock have been taken for granted, and it is time for this to stop. If elected, I will stand up for this area, and the people who live here.

“We need investment, not austerity. We need opportunities, not sanctions. Only by voting SNP can people make the priorities here in Ayrshire the priorities at Westminster.”

Sandra Osborne said: “I have always known this would be a really tough challenging election. The polls at the moment are not good and we certainly have a battle on our hands but we are up for it.

“Over the next few weeks we will be doing everything we can to get over Scottish Labour’s plans for a better fairer Scotland. We are talking to people on the doorstep explaining that whoever ends up the biggest party after the election will form the next Government.

“If people vote SNP then they will end up with five more years of the Tories. I am also confident that voters will consider carefully the benefit of having a hard working experienced MP serving them for a further five years.”

Meanwhile Conservative candidate Lee Lyons welcomed findings on the economy in the constituency which found 57% believed the economy would perform well over the next year.

He said: “This is encouraging polling which shows that people believe in our long term economic plan which has delivered a record number of jobs across the country. There has been an increase in employment in Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock since we took office in 2010 and there are also less people claiming benefits. However, we need to continue on the road to recovery to deliver even more jobs and this can only be done by voting Conservative in May”.