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The SNP has significantly closed the gap on Labour following the launch of the party’s 2011 election campaign at its annual conference last weekend.

In a Yougov poll published in the Scotsman of 1,405 people across Scotland taken between the 18th and 20th October, just after SNP conference the party saw its share of the Holyrood vote increase by 5 points across both constituency and regional vote.

Labours vote has flat lined and the Lib Dems vote crumbled to its lowest level in over 9 years as people across Scotland chose to work together with the SNP to make Scotland better.

The SNP is polling at a higher level than at the same time prior to the 2007 election. Since September the SNP vote has increased to 34% of the constituency vote and 31% of the regional vote a 5% increase in both cases.

The poll puts the SNP on 34% in the constituency vote, against 40% for Labour, 14% for the Conservatives and 8% for the Lib Dems. On the regional vote the SNP has increased to 31% against 36% for Labour, 15 for the conservatives and 8 for the Lib Dems.

Commenting on the poll SNP Campaign Co-ordinator and Moray MP Angus Robertson said:

“The SNP has fired the starting gun on the election campaign and these results show voters across Scotland are choosing to be part of better as we close the gap on Labour.

Voters will not allow Labour to escape from their responsibility for the economic mess and the cuts coming Scotlands way and it is clear the Lib Dems are paying a heavy price for backing the Tories.

The SNP is the only party offering an alternative with the financial powers to manage Scotlands economy and a fair deal for Scotlands households by balancing government efficiencies, pay restraint and management cuts with a focus on frontline services , freezing council tax and abolishing prescription charges.

And as we work towards the election next year we will continue to hear the priorities of the people of Scotland, their concerns, and ideas for the future as we work together people and politicians to make Scotland better.

With Scotlands only credible candidate for First Minister people are putting their trust in Alex Salmond and the SNP team to protect the things Scotland holds dear in the face of Labour, Conservative and Lib Dem cuts.