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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 March 2007, 11:28 GMT 12:28 UK
SNP sees further paper poll boost
Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon
A second poll gives Alex Salmond's and Nicola Sturgeon's party a boost
A fresh newspaper poll has suggested that the Scottish National Party will be the biggest single political group at Holyrood after 3 May election.

The Scottish Daily Mail survey also predicted a strong showing for the Scottish Green Party.

The results of the poll, by Progressive Scottish Opinions, come the day after The Times poll gave the Nationalists a lead over Labour.

The Mail survey, conducted between 19 and 26 March, involved 1,007 adults.

The newspaper handed its findings to Professor John Curtice of the University of Strathclyde who predicted the breakdown of seats following the poll.

SNP - 34% (constituency) 32% (list)
Labour - 28% (constituency) 28% (list)
Lib Dems - 11% (constituency) 11% (list)
Tories - 11% (constituency) 10% (list)
Greens - 9% (constituency) 10% (list)

He said the figures translated into 46 Holyrood seats for the SNP; 40 to Labour; 17 to the Lib Dems; 12 to the Tories; 10 to the Greens and four to others.

Based on these figures a coalition with the Lib Dems would give neither the SNP nor Labour a majority.

The poll also suggested that one third of voters were said to be undecided.

On Thursday, SNP leader Alex Salmond was due to unveil his campaign in Edinburgh as the Scottish Parliament meets for the last time before polling day.

'Choice of independence'

He was expected to be joined by deputy Nicola Sturgeon and a range of candidates for Holyrood.

Speaking before the launch, Mr Salmond said: "The SNP go into the election in great heart, with another poll showing the SNP ahead - the sixth this year.

"This is the strongest position the SNP have ever gone into an election campaign.

"The SNP have the ideas, the policies and the ambition to build success for Scotland - to keep healthcare local, lower early years class sizes, tackle crime, boost Scottish business, and ensure that the people of Scotland have the choice of independence in a referendum."

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