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This election couldn’t come at a worse time for the SNP

23 May 2024

10:37 PM

23 May 2024

10:37 PM

The last time John Swinney was leader of the SNP, 20 years ago, the party went on to return only six MPs in the next general election. Labour returned 41 north of the border. Swinney had resigned the year before, but this was his electoral legacy.

The party has had a traumatic year since the precipitate departure of Nicola Sturgeon

Could history be about to repeat itself now he is leader once again? The most recent YouGov poll, conducted after Swinney became leader and First Minister, suggests that Labour has a ten point lead over the SNP in Scotland. If

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