Massive blow for Humza Yousaf as poll puts Labour ahead of SNP for first time since 2014

Humza Yousaf has suffered a huge political blow today, as Labour overtook the SNP in the polls for the first time since the Independence Referendum.

According to the widely respected pollster YouGov, Labour now sits on 33% support, up 1 point since October.

The SNP however has fallen to just 31%, down 2 points, and the Tories have fallen a whopping 6 points to just 14%.

As in England, Reform UK are the major beneficiaries of the Tories’ poll collapse, rising by 5 points to 7% and tying with the Liberal Democrats.

Scottish elections feature a two-tier voting system, using both proportional representation and first past the post.

According to YouGov constituency polling, the SNP remain ahead of Labour however their lead has fallen six points since October and now sit just 2% ahead of Labour.

Regional voting intention has the two parties tied on 29%.

Meanwhile support for independence remains stubbornly flat, with yes still six points behind no.

Scottish political reporter Chris McCall said that while usual caveats will apply about this only being one poll, the results “will be causing nail-biting in SNP HQ today”.

The news is yet another blow to the beleaguered authority of Mr Yousaf, whose new hate crime law is causing havoc with Scotland’s police.

Front-line police forces are now warning they cannot cope, after 8,000 hate crime reports were made in the first week of the new legislation.

If this rate of hate crime reporting continues, it will surpass the entire annual total of 416,000 crimes reported to the police per year according to the Telegraph.

David Threadgold, chairman of the Scottish Police Federation, has warned it’s creating a situation “where we simply cannot cope at the moment”.

He said: “Officers have been brought back in to do overtime shifts and the management of that is simply unsustainable.”

The SNP has also sparked fury this week by quietly banning wood-burning stoves from new homes as part of its green drive.

However the move is now causing fears among pensioners and remote Highland communities who rely on off-grid forms of heating.

Former SNP leadership contender Kate Forbes has now blasted the quiet change, tweeting: “This has been Brough to my attention by more than a few concerned Highlanders who heat their homes (as thousands do) using woodturning stoves, especially older residents who rely on them during a time of crippling energy prices”.

She said she is now “seeking urgent clarification”.

Mr Yousaf was also dealt a personal blow this week, after his brother-in-law was arrested and charged with abduction and extortion.

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