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16 Mar 2024

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Humza Yousaf Predicts Tight Race Between Nationalists and Conservatives

With just over a month to go until Scotland’s council elections, Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf believes the race will come down to Scottish National Party (SNP) and the Scottish Conservatives. In a recent interview, Humza Yousaf shared his analysis of the current political climate and forecast for the May 5th local elections.

The elections will see all 32 local authorities in Scotland elect councillors. Humza Yousaf stated “This is shaping up to be a straight two-party battle between the SNP and the Scottish Tories.” Polls have shown support for both parties remains high, with the SNP still in the lead but their advantage over the Conservatives decreasing.

What Issues Will Shape the Election?

Humza Yousaf

When asked about key issues driving voter decisions, Humza Yousaf pointed to the economy, cost of living crisis and public services as top of mind for many Scots. He believes the SNP can effectively make the case that independence is the best solution for economic security. However, the Conservatives are focusing their message on the economy and arguments against another referendum. It remains unclear if concerns over independence will outweigh economic anxieties or vice versa when citizens cast their ballots.

In the final stretch, Humza Yousaf expects both parties will ramp up campaigning across the country. Door-knocking, local events and digital advertising will aim to mobilize supporters and sway undecided voters. The Justice Secretary remains confident in the SNP’s record in local governance but acknowledges this will be a tightly contested election with the outcome uncertain until the final results are tallied.

Humza Yousaf Predicts Tight Race Between Nationalists and Conservatives