Commenting on the latest polls by Lord Ashcroft, Scottish Labour Leader Jim Murphy has said "David Cameron will be rubbing his hands with glee when he sees these polls".
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There is no gloss that can be put on these polls. This is bad news for Scottish Labour but great news for the Tories.
David Cameron will be rubbing his hands with glee when he sees these polls, because any seat the SNP take from Scottish Labour makes it more likely the Tories will be the largest party across the UK.
We can’t let David Cameron back into Downing Street by the back door. That would be a disaster for Scotland, but it looks like that is what might happen if these polls in Scotland are repeated on election day."
But the Scottish Conservatives say this poll shows that their "are now in a real fight across Scotland".
A spokesperson for the Scottish Conservatives has said:
With the Liberal Democrat vote having collapsed completely, we offer Scots the opportunity to unite around a plan to finish the job of economic recovery and to secure Scotland’s place in the UK – any other vote will let Ed Miliband into Downing Street, with Alex Salmond calling the shots.
That’s the message we will be delivering before May. We know that more and more Scots are backing that plan.”
The Scottish National Party's General Election Campaign Director Angus Robertson MP has said the polls "are very encouraging", but that they aren't taking a single seat or vote for granted in May".
- Read more: Polls: SNP surge in 'no' and 'yes' voting areas'
The latest round of polls from Lord Ashcroft show the Scottish National Party has experienced a surge in 'no' as well as 'yes' voting areas.
The latest polling from Lord Ashcroft suggests the SNP is pushing the Unionist parties hard in our region.