Scottish parliamentary election looks bleak for Labour as Nicola Sturgeon's SNP dominates

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The Scottish parliamentary election takes place on 5 May (Source: Getty)

There's not much hope for Scottish Labour in the upcoming parliamentary election, according to a new poll.

The penultimate poll by Survation ahead of the vote found that the election continues to look bleak for Labour, with Kezia Dugdale down one per cent since the last poll.

Labour now has 18 per cent of support, while the Scottish National Party is some 35 per cent ahead on 53 per cent.

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Meanwhile, the Conservatives are yet to make any noticeable progress, but still claims 17 per cent of support.

Nicola Sturgeon is the only politician with a positive net favourability rating.

With less than two weeks until the election, Ruth Davidson, Scottish Conservatives leader, has made direct pitches to Labour supporters by claiming she'll do a better job of holding Sturgeon to account.

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Both the Conservatives and Labour have (tacitly, at least) accepted that the SNP will dominate the election, and are instead vying for second place.

The Tory manifesto promises to campaign against two SNP policies that have proved controversial: the Named Persons Act, which aims to appoint a "named person" for every child; and cuts to college places.

Tax remains a prominent battleground for Labour, which wants to raise the top rate of tax to 50p, alongside other increases across most other bands.

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