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Local Scottish National Party candidates have welcomed the publication of eight constituency polls in Scotland by Lord Ashcroft Polls yesterday evening.


The polls suggest an SNP gain in Dumfries and Galloway, currently held by Labour MP Russell Brown, and a dead heat in Scotland’s sole Tory MP David Mundell’s seat of Dumfriesshire Clydesdale and Tweeddale.


Emma Harper, SNP Candidate for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale said:


“This Ashcroft Poll clearly shows people of Scotland are fed up with the business as usual politics of Westminster.


“We cannot continue to have our NHS privatised, MP’s with exorbitant expense claims and harsh austerity policies that aren’t working.  There is a better way and I’m proud to be part of the SNP Team that will fight for fairness, equality and a better Scotland.


“But I’m not a fan of counting chickens before they hatch. We will be out talking to voters in every town, village and farm we can until 10pm on the 7th May.”


SNP candidate for Dumfries & Galloway, Richard Arkless, said:


“This is a very encouraging poll for the SNP, but I’m taking nothing for granted. If anything we will redouble our efforts to demonstrate how voting SNP in May will give this region, and Scotland, real clout at Westminster.


“SNP MPs stand up for Scotland, so we’ll make sure those things that most matter to the people of Dumfries & Galloway – jobs, the NHS, education and pensions – are not forgotten in Westminster. Only the SNP can make the Westminster parties think again about their Austerity agenda, which they have all agreed. Austerity was not designed for the economy in Dumfries & Galloway and the agenda punishes us much more than most. D&G did not create the problem and I am determined we should not be paying for it”


“People want to empower Scotland, and they want to vote positively for a party 100 per cent focused on Scottish interests – the SNP is the only party in this election which stands for that.”



The poll details can be viewed here: