Conservatives to take 7 seats from SNP predicts new poll

Another SNP MP, Tommy Sheppard, has pleaded with the pro-separation Scottish Green Party not to run in seats the Conservatives are targeting, to avoid "splitting the pro-Yes vote [and] the anti-Tory vote".

The last independence referendum held in September 2014 saw 55 percent vote against independence, with 45 percent in favor.

Since the 2014 referendum Scottish voters have been increasingly polarised along constitutional lines, with supporters of independence generally backing the SNP and opponents increasingly coalescing behind the Conservatives.

Among those who said they would be certain to vote in a new referendum, 37 percent would back independence, while support for staying in the United Kingdom remained at 55 percent.

Brexit hasn't boosted pro-independence sentiment in Scotland, according to a new survey published Tuesday, Reuters reported.

Back in the late 90s, shortly after the Scottish Tories were wiped out in the 1997 Labour landslide, Sir Malcolm Rifkind used to make a little speech in which he claimed that up to 40% of Scots voters were potential Conservatives.

"Labour's path has been predictable and smooth and the slope is more or less downward from the post-referendum period onwards", said Thrasher.

The timing of the local elections in England, Scotland and Wales, including for the first "metro mayors" in the West Midlands, Greater Manchester and Liverpool, is unprecedented in that they are taking place during a general election campaign.

"But Scotland's fishing communities can see straight through this approach, and won't forgive the SNP for trying to ignore the European Union referendum and force them back into the hated CFP".

"Clearly I then, and this election is not deciding whether or not Scotland is independent, but in a future debate about that I would have to set out the process for re-securing our future with Europe".

"The changing economic outlook in Scotland, particularly in relation to the oil industry, may also have led to voters reassessing independence".

He said SNP boss Nicola Sturgeon had backed off on her plans to ask the independence question again and was hoping "to get another victory" to reinforce her mandate to do so. "A vote for the Tories is not some pain-free tactical vote".

Angus Robertson is on course to lose his Highlands constituency of Moray in the vote on June 8, according to the YouGov poll for The Times Scotland.

"These results should send a very clear message to Nicola Sturgeon - take the threat of another referendum off the table, and focus on the job you were elected to do". This political blindside comes in the midst of Brexit negotiations, which the Prime Minister cited as being one of the reasons why she made a decision to call for an election.

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