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UK News Blow for Alex Salmond's Alba Party as poll puts support at 3 per cent

06:25  02 april  2021
06:25  02 april  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Salmond: Voting for my Alba Party ‘is in the national interest’ of Scotland

  Salmond: Voting for my Alba Party ‘is in the national interest’ of Scotland Alba Party leader Alex Salmond did not say exactly how many MSPs would be needed to constitute a supermajority in support of independence.In an address on Tuesday, Mr Salmond launched the Alba Party’s campaign for the Scottish elections in May, where he repeatedly pushed for a supermajority of MSPs to be elected in support of independence, but he failed to say the number he believed to be the threshold for a supermajority.

Survation poll found Alex Salmond most unpopular mainstream Scottish leader. Study found 71 per cent of people in Scotland viewed Mr Salmond unfavourably. More than half found former First Minister was 'hindering independence cause'. Meanwhile 50% of those asked said they had favourable view Alex Salmond’ s bid to return to frontline politics was last night dealt a crushing blow by a devastating poll . The former SNP leader claimed the Alba Party could help bring about a pro-independence ‘super-majority’ of up to 90 MSPs. But a Survation poll found that it is on track to win just 3 per cent of the

ALEX Salmond’ s ambition to return to Holyrood could be in tatters after the first poll including his new Alba Party put support for the project at just 3 %. .. Full story on eraldscotland.com.

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Alex Salmond’s bid to return to frontline politics was last night dealt a crushing blow by a devastating poll.

The former SNP leader claimed the Alba Party could help bring about a pro-independence ‘super-majority’ of up to 90 MSPs.

But a Survation poll found that it is on track to win just 3 per cent of the votes on the regional list – which would leave the new party without a single seat.

It also showed that Mr Salmond is the most unpopular of Scotland’s mainstream political leaders, with 71 per cent of Scots viewing him unfavourably.

It came as Nicola Sturgeon launched another attack on her predecessor, accusing him of ‘misleading’ voters and of being a ‘gambler’ who bets on horses ‘on an almost daily basis’.

Salmond: Route to independence should not be ‘pigeon-holed’ into a referendum

  Salmond: Route to independence should not be ‘pigeon-holed’ into a referendum Alba Party leader Alex Salmond said the Scottish Parliament should start negotiations on independence with Westminster.The leader of the newly formed Alba Party said, if there is an independence supermajority in Holyrood after this election, the parliament should instruct the Scottish Government to start negotiations with Westminster.

Alex Salmond has launched a new political party , Alba , to contest the May Scottish parliamentary elections, with the stated aim of “helping” the SNP achieve a parliamentary “supermajority” for independence. Is that likely? There is no encouragement from the top of the SNP itself for voters to lend Alba their vote, and it’ s already clear that Salmond’ s party is a distraction for the SNP and an off- putting manifestation of divisions within the independence movement. Alba fails on its own terms: it is plainly not the most effective way to secure a maximised pro-independence presence in Holyrood.

ALEX SALMOND has hinted he will drop his plan for a referendum on Scottish independence while taking a swipe at the SNP and Nicola Sturgeon over their 'pigeon-holed' approach to IndyRef2. Scotland' s former First Minister launched the newly-formed Alba Party last week ahead of the Scottish election on May 6. He has said if there is an independence supermajority in Holyrood following that election in five weeks' time, parliament should instruct the Scottish Government to begin talks with Westminster.

Mr Salmond, in turn, appeared to criticise her strategy of setting out her intention to hold a second Scexit vote in the first half of a new parliamentary term.

Alex Salmond holding a sign posing for the camera: Crushing blow: A new poll revealed Alex Salmond's Alba Party is on track to win just 3 per cent of the votes on the regional list – which would leave the new party without a single seat © Provided by Daily Mail Crushing blow: A new poll revealed Alex Salmond's Alba Party is on track to win just 3 per cent of the votes on the regional list – which would leave the new party without a single seat

In a further sign he will struggle to achieve his aim of encouraging SNP supporters to back his party in the list vote, the poll found that more than half of Scots held the view that Mr Salmond was ‘hindering the cause for Scottish independence’, compared with only 17 per cent who said his contribution was helping.

More than 1,000 Scottish residents were surveyed for the poll, carried out for DC Thomson on Monday and Tuesday this week, days after Alba’s high-profile launch.

Nicola Sturgeon says Alex Salmond should not be included in TV debates

  Nicola Sturgeon says Alex Salmond should not be included in TV debates The First Minister launched a scathing attack on her predecessor within the SNP, with whom her relationship has been destroyed in recent months.The First Minister launched a scathing attack on her predecessor within the SNP, with whom her relationship has been destroyed in recent months following an unlawful investigation into his conduct.

“ Alba are hoisting a flag in the wind - planting our saltire on a hill,” a customarily hubristic Alex Salmond declared last Friday, as he blew up the Holyrood election campaign just 36 hours after it began with the launch of his new pro-independence party . “We shall see how many will rally to our standard.” Many Alba supporters had been sidelined by Nicola Sturgeon' s SNP Credit: Pool/Andy Buchanan. Kenny MacAskill, a former Scottish justice secretary and the MP for East Lothian, was the first major defection from the party Mr Salmond led for two decades, and in the end the most high-profile.

Alex Salmond demanded his new Alba Party be included in TV debates in the run-up to May' s Scottish Parliament election today - and threatened broadcasters with legal action if he does not get his way. The former SNP leader insisted there is an 'unanswerable' case for doing so and will write to the television stations and regulator Ofcom in a bid to ensure 'fairness and parity of coverage' in the election campaign. It comes less than a week after Mr Salmond was unveiled as leader of Scotland' s newest political party - which is fielding 32 candidates on the regional list section of the Holyrood ballot.

On the constituency vote, the poll put the SNP on 49 per cent, followed by the Tories on 21 per cent, Labour on 20 per cent and the Lib Dems on 9 per cent.


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On the regional list, the SNP is on 37 per cent, followed by the Tories on 18 per cent, Labour on 19 per cent, the Greens on 11 per cent, Lib Dems on 8 per cent, with Alba on 3 per cent.

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It is estimated the result would mean the SNP would win a majority with 66 seats, followed by Labour on 24, the Tories on 21, the Greens on 11 and Lib Dems on seven.

A Tory spokesman said: ‘Only the Scottish Conservatives have the strength to stop an SNP majority, stop their push for another independence referendum and get all of the focus back on rebuilding Scotland and recovering from this pandemic.

‘Alex Salmond’s new party are trying to game the system.’

Alex Salmond to set out Alba Party’s ‘route to independence’

  Alex Salmond to set out Alba Party’s ‘route to independence’ The speech comes a few days after a poll suggested the party could win up to six seats in May.In an address scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, the Alba Party leader will make what he called the “declaration for Scotland”, on the anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath.

When Alex Salmond announced that he would lead a new pro-independence party on the regional list he did so without suggesting that this was a move supported by the SNP. The bid to use Alba list seats as a way to get a ‘supermajority’ of pro-independence MSPs was in some senses unnecessary. The move clearly offered unsolicited assistance, “helping”, but in quotes. There are three constraints facing Alex Salmond’ s new endeavour. The first is that the electorate doesn’t appear to like him or trust him, and this is even more true among SNP supporters .

Alex Salmond has claimed he could work with Ms Sturgeon in their quest for independence Credit: ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP. Nicola Sturgeon has “categorically” ruled out working with Alex Salmond if he is elected to Holyrood, and he suffered a second blow after a poll showed his bid to return to politics is set to end in a humiliating failure. Meanwhile, the first poll conducted since Mr Salmond launched his new Alba Party found support at just three per cent - well below the threshold needed to win a single seat.

The poor ratings are a blow to Mr Salmond’s bid for a place on the next TV leaders’ debate.

Yesterday, he said it is ‘unanswerable’ he should get a place as he wrote to the broadcasters and regulator Ofcom in a bid to ensure ‘fairness’.

He also unveiled 32 regional list candidates and said he is confident membership has exceeded the Lib Dems in Scotland.

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The Survation poll also asked about the popularity of each of the main leaders. Some 50 per cent of respondents said they had a favourable view of Miss Sturgeon, followed by 22 per cent for Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar, 17 per cent for Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross and 10 per cent for Mr Salmond.

The proportion who said they had a negative view of Mr Salmond was 71 per cent, with 56 per cent for Boris Johnson.

Polling expert Professor Sir John Curtice told The Courier newspaper: ‘The headline is that it looks as though it’s all over for Salmond, though he might just get a seat in the North-East himself.’

Deputy SNP leader Keith Brown said: ‘To ensure Nicola Sturgeon is the First Minister to lead us out of the pandemic, people need to give both votes to the SNP on May 6.’

An Alba spokesman said: ‘These early indications put Alba within touching distance of representation across Scotland. With five weeks still to go Alba’s support can only grow as we approach polling day.’

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